To make better distribution of water for drinking and irrigation, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation has constituted a task force on interlinking of rivers comprising experts and senior officials to look into the issues relating to Interlinking of Rivers (ILR) in India.The task force would be chaired by BN Navalawala, an internationally renowned water-resources expert.
The expert members of the task force would Sriram Vedire, adviser in the above mentioned ministry, Prodipto Ghosh, former Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, AD Mohile, former Chairman, Central Water Commission (CWC), M Gopalakrishnan, former member, Central Water Commission and Virag Gupta, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources.
The task force will take up all issues for expediting the work on interlinking of rivers in the country. Apart from examining the existing links that are laid out as per the National Perspective Plan under both Himalayan and Peninsular components, the task force would also consider alternative plans in place of infeasible links in the present plan. It would facilitate interlinking of intra-state, inter-state, intra-basin and inter-basin rivers. The task force would recommend the time schedules for completion of feasibility studies and Detailed Project Reports of all the links, implementation schedule of all the links and also suggest on various means of funding mechanisms for the Interlinking of Rivers.
It would also provide guidance on norms of appraisal of individual projects in respect of economic viability, socio-economic, environmental impacts and preparation of resettlement plans. It would also device suitable mechanisms for bringing about speedy consensus amongst the states and also propose suitable organisational structure for implementing the Interlinking of Rivers. The task force would also try to forge a consensus amongst the states in order to take forward the speedy implementation of the program.