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Shvoong Home>Books>Will interlinking of rivers stop drought and flood in India Review

Will interlinking of rivers stop drought and flood in India

Book Review   by:PeopleToday     Original Author: Suvesh Sircar
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Will inter-linking of rivers wipe out floods and drought in India Suvesh Sircar Kolkata Aug- 25, 2005 Inter-linking of rivers has been a much-talked issue in the country but how far in will help India remains to be seen. Although some countries have tried this concept. China has benefited to some extent as reports say. But in India when two state Tamil Nadu and Karnataka fight over water sharing of the Cauvery frequently people doubt how far it will help the country to reduce effects of drought and flood in its economy and loss of lives. Water sharing of rivers should above petty political interest The inter—linking of rivers will help the snow fed rivers of the Himalayas to reduce their water level during monsoon. It will also help rivers located in drought prone states like Rajasthan and others to get water from the excess water of other rivers. After the policy decision was finalized on August 25, 2005 the union water resource minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi said, “A detailed project report will made by the government in three years time.” According to analyst, “The government should publish a white paper on interconnection of rivers. This white paper should also have intricate detailed condition of rivers during floods and drought since the last five decades.” India being engulfed by rivers inter-linking of rivers will an ideal theory to keep floods and droughts at bay as the rivers of the country are very much strategically located. A detailed satellite surveillance round the clock through INSAT and other satellites will help monitoring of water flow and high tide and low tide situations of rivers.
Indian rivers--- Brahmaputra (Assam and North-Eastern states), Ganges (UP, Bihar, Uttar Anchal etc) Koshi (Bihar), Mahanadi (Orissa) are some of the major flood causing one in the country. If inter- connection occurs devastation and damage caused by these rivers could be controlled. Two chief ministers Mulayam Sigh Yadav of Uttar Pradesh and Babulal Gaur of Madya Pradesh have signed the country’s first river-linking agreement on August 25, 2005. The agreement says a 231 km canal will be dug and a dam built costing Rs 4,000 to divert surplus water from river Ken in Madhya Pradesh and Betwa in Uttar Pradesh. The interlinking will help drought prone areas of Bunelkhand region. But green brigade activist Medha Patkar has attacked the project. And V. K Joshi, geologist and former regional director Geological Survey of India, said,” It will damage the ecosystem.” And over 100 sq km in Panna Damoh and Chatarpur including 19 villages will be submerged. Now the inter-linking will create man-made floods, which has no ecological benefits rather than natural ones.
Published: September 20, 2005   
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