In order to start the Ken-Betwa river linking project from the beginning of next year, Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sanwar Lal Jat has urged various stakeholders to take up the project on mission mode.
Chairing the seventh meeting of the Special Committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers held in New Delhi today, the minister assured that while taking up this project the interests of both the States of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh will be fully protected. Prof. Jat informed the meeting that MP wildlife board has given environmental clearance to the project and recommended it to Ministry of Environment and Forests.
He said that the wildlife board has forwarded the wildlife clearance of the project to National Board of Wildlife with its recommendation for according wildlife clearance to the project.
The phase-1 of the project will benefit the districts of Mahoba, Jhansi and Banda in UP and Chattarpur, Panna and Tikamgarh in MP. In the Phase -1, more than 630,000 hectare of land will be irrigated in these districts. It is seen a major booster for agriculture sector and providing livelihoods to the people in the region. He said that as the Inter-linking of rivers is being supervised by Supreme Court and hence no one should doubt the integrity of Centre on this issue.