River Interlinking

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Is river interlinking really going to help?

  1. Yes - it will be good for India

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  2. No - it will harm India

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  3. No idea

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  1. Vyom

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    Supreme Court seeks report on interlinking of rivers

    The Supreme Court on Monday wanted to know about the work done by the Centre on the project for interlinking of rivers and asked the amicus curie to file a short note on it.

    A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia, asked advocate Ranjit Kumar, who is assisting the court, to file the report within a week.

    Earlier, the apex court had said that it would not favour interlinking of rivers if it causes huge a financial burden on the Centre and asked for a report on its costs.
    “My concern is only with what is the financial liability of the project. We want to make it clear that we would not pass order on it if it causes huge financial burden,” the bench had said.

    The river interlinking project was the brainchild of the NDA government and in October 2002, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had formed a task force to get the project going against the backdrop of the acute drought that year.

    The task force had submitted a report recommending division of the project into two —— the Peninsular component and the Himalayan component.

    The Peninsular component —— involving the rivers in southern India —— envisaged developing a ‘Southern Water Grid’ with 16 linkages. This component included diversion of the surplus waters of the Mahanadi and Godavari to the Pennar, Krishna, Vaigai and Cauvery.

    The task force had also mooted the diversion of the west-flowing rivers of Kerala and Karnataka to the east, the interlinking of small rivers that flow along the west coast, south of Tapi and north of Mumbai and interlinking of the southern tributaries of the river Yamuna.

    The Himalayan component envisaged building storage reservoirs on the Ganga and the Brahmaputra and their main tributaries both in India and Nepal in order to conserve the waters during the monsoon for irrigation and generation of hydro-power, besides checking floods.

    The Hindu : News / National : Supreme Court seeks report on interlinking of rivers
     
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  3. trackwhack

    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    They have done nothing. This project has not moved from the drawing board for 50 years!! This can provide the single biggest boost to agricultural productivity in India, not only by incresing output in the deccan and south but by saving crops from floods in the north and Gangetic plains. So far there have been studies on top of studies. They have even setup three different websites on this project but not one naya paisa worth of work has been done.
     
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  4. Vyom

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    It is no small task. As the SC has mentioned, it will pass an order only if it sees that it is financially liable. I do agree though that this is not something that the SC is meant to do. But at last, after this judgement we can expect some head way.
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    I'm not denying the enormity of the task. Just that the project was kicked off about 50 years ago and still nothing has happened.
     
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    This is a very beautiful and important project, it will take atleast 15-20 years to get compete...
     
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    In 2003 , I tried to figure out , at that time it looks like : the money spent (per year) , for 18 years on flood and drought affected areas = the cost of the project that will interlinking the rivers of India .

    (sorry can't find that papers now .)
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    SC asks Centre to implement interlinking of rivers project

    PTI | Feb 27, 2012, 12.21PM IST

    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today directed the Centre to implement the ambitious interlinking of rivers project in a time-bound manner and appointed a high-powered committee for its planning and implementation.

    Observing that the project has already been delayed resulting in an increase in its cost, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said the Centre and the concerned state governments should participate for its "effective" implementation "in a time bound manner".

    The bench, also comprising justices Swatanter Kumar and A K Patnaik, appointed a high-powered committee comprising of representatives of various government departments, ministries, experts and social activists to chart out and execute the project.

    The committee will be comprising of Union Minister of Water Resources, its secretary, Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and four expert members appointed by Water Resources Ministry, Finance Ministry, Planning Commission and MoEF.

    Representatives from state governments, two social activists and senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, who has been assisting the court in the case, will also be members of the committee.

    "We direct the Union of India to forthwith constitute a committee for interlinking of rivers," the bench said, adding "we direct the committee to implement the project".

    "The committee shall plan for implementation of the project," the bench said, adding the delay has already resulted in an increase in the cost of the project.

    The river interlinking project was the brainchild of the NDA government and in October, 2002, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had formed a task force to get the project going against the backdrop of the acute drought that year

    SC directs Centre to implement interlinking of rivers project - The Times of India
     
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    Do not tinker with the nature without understanding the ramifications. These rivers are not just waterways, but self-contained ecosystems- harbouring different species of flora and fauna and I believe even the water pH should be different.

    This is not like rivers emptying into the sea, as association honed over eons and the ecosystem given time to adapt and thrive. Indiscriminate diversion of river waters will have some serious consequences.
     
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  10. Bangalorean

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    What do you think about it? I have heard conflicting opinions about it.

    I have heard some people praise the project as something that will transform the face of India - both agricultural and in things like city water supplies.

    And I have heard some people scoff at it, calling it pie-in-the-sky daydreaming which will never be implemented.

    Some people say that it is extremely dangerous to tamper with nature at such a huge level.

    Some states are strongly in favour of this, and some are completely opposed to it.

    I want to hear from people who have more knowledge on this topic. What exactly does it involve, what are the real benefits of it? Those who are against it - why are you against it? Can any via-media solution be reached, that would satisfy both parties?
     
  11. Kunal Biswas

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    It can be implemented but not right now, Reason is pollution created by Humans..

    If there is a River nearby city waste will be dumped there first, Major industries will release all toxic in waters..

    We know who things are done here, the idea is good it just not now or near future..


    In Punjab there are pleantly of canals but on smaller scale, the do there part coz they are small, But if anything is large is targeted for garbage dumping zone..
     
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    It is the single most important project after nuclear expansion that is critical for long term food security in our country. There will be several disadvantages but they pale in significance compared to the advantages. Look at our map. The Deccan is starved of water. And the Northern plains of Bihar, UP and West Bengal are flooded every year killing hundreds and destroying millions of hectares of cropland. The aluvial silt which is critical to the northern plains, can still be salvaged by controlled flooding, which in the long term will result in less soil erosion and richer farmlands.

    Our stupid government has been studying this for 5 decades without doing anything!
     
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    Cleaning up our rivers is not a big investment Kunal. We dont need to dredge rivers. Two cycles of monsoons will clean out all the dirt in our rivers. What we need to do is to divert the sewage and industrial waste to treatment plants. 80% of our industrial and urban sewage can be treated and not touch rivers with an investment of under $10 billion.
     
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    We can work on something similar on a small scale for example completely enclosed canals. Chennai gets water from Krishna river this way.
    also storage of excess water, and purification of water is another important issue.

    I believe states will quarrel over the issue of sharing the water.
     
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    You are right on that count. The monsoons managed to clean even Coovam. Treatment of sewage and industrial effluents will need research and carefull investments.
     
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    I have no idea how far this has progressd though i have been hearing bout this for a long time.This project if successfuly completd will solve most of indias water problems but this requires serious planning without causing harm in the long run.
     
  17. Kunal Biswas

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    May be, But what about yamuna river crises ? Heard abt its cleaning project but its always as dirty as it was before, Same in Kolkata..

    On theory there are laws and project but how hard they are implemented, Monsoon comes and go and the rivers get dirty again..

    If we cannot control and fail to implement rules properly it can back fire on people living near these river routes..



    Regarding flood thing i agree..
     
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    See, enforcing rules and having infrastructure to enfore rules are two different things. We cannot expect small scale industries to have their own treatment plants. The idea behind treatment infrastructure is to have massive sewage treament facilities in all cities of over 1 million population along major rivers and all industrial areas beyond the threshold of certain revenue.

    If you look at industrialization, it always occurs in clusters with related industries around a major hub. This is where central treatment facilities have to come up.

    With the Yamuna clean-up, the government has said no one can pump effluents into river. What are they supposed to do? Most medium industries dont have the capital to run their own treatment plants and these systems are only economically viable when scaled to handle huge volumes.

    There are about 100 industrial hubs along the stretch of Yamuna and Ganga from Delhi and UP to Calcutta. Setting up 100 treatment plants at a cost of $50 million each is still a $5 billion investment. This would literally eliminate pollution from the two most important waterways of our country. Bramhaputra does not require anything as of now as NE is not industrialized.

    Similarly, another $5 billion investment into urban sewage systems along these river systems would cover all population areas of over 1 million people.

    It can be done if we have the will and the vision to do it. But alas...
     
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    They will loose a tool to brainwash people in state and those political party will do any thing to stop the linkage so to use them during elections. It's up to people to wake up to their dirty tricks and kick them out.
     
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    If you tell the flood affected districts of Bihar, that through this project we will ensure good irrigation and no more floods, do you think they will vote for you or vote against you for the other guy who says they are stealing our water?

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  21. Bangalorean

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    I am beginning to feel that this is going to be very beneficial. I have been doing some research on this, and it looks like it has multiple benefits.

    As far as I can see, the biggest issue is land acquisition. I don't see how they can pull this off when much smaller things get stuck for years due to land acquisition.
     
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