Flood water is wasted in large amount during monsoon. The total amount of surface water in the country is 690 billion cubic meters, of which 65% is used and the rest is wasted. In this process a river with high water is to be connected with a river with low water. Connecting the rivers will reduce the problem of drinking water,
Drought and Earthquake in Gujarat (Earthquake) to ensure that a country plagued by calamities like this never again faces a drought, a plan was drawn up in 2002 to interlink the rivers by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee himself (Atal Bihari Vajpayee)was done by Suggested. The committee had also sealed that the plan should be passed in the parliament, only then there was an uproar and the plan was stalled. Although approved by the government in 2014, Ken-Betwa is (ken -betava River) is the first river to connect the river. The drought situation in 2002 was such that the central as well as the state governments had to consider it. As the irrigation crisis deepened, a plan was drawn up in the Atal government to solve the irrigation problem by connecting rivers across the country. The then Prime Minister asked to form a committee and prepare an action plan immediately. The aim was to link 60 rivers so that the problem of floods as well as droughts can be solved. A working group was formed for this purpose. Within six months, the team accepted the proposal. The report was prepared in two parts, the first part was to cover the rivers of South India, while the second part was to work on the rivers of North India.
Social activists protested
Social workers have termed the Prime Minister’s plan as playing with nature. In July 2014, the central government approved the formation of a special committee for the current river-linking project. Ken Betwa Link Project is the first link of river linking scheme. River linking scheme was the dream project of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Due to severe drought in the country in 2002, the government emphasized on this scheme. In 1958, Sir Thomas Carton, a British irrigation engineer, came up with the idea of this scheme.
Why River Linkage Plan is Necessary?
There are many rivers in the country. Flood water is wasted in large quantities especially during monsoons. The total amount of surface water in the country is 690 billion cubic meters, of which 65% is used and the rest is wasted. In this process a river with high water is to be connected with a river with low water. Linking of rivers will reduce the problem of drinking water, solve the problem of drought and floods, open the way to economic prosperity, increase the area of irrigated land in agriculture, increase the availability of hydropower and create canals. Apart from the development, there will be a great development of tourist places with the advancement in the field of new transportation.