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First river inter-linking project in three years

The ambitious River Inter-Linking Project may soon become a reality with a link between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh ready for launch in the next three years.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2009 14:11 IST

After being caught in bureaucratic red tape and disputes between states for nearly 30 years, the ambitious River Inter-Linking Project may soon become a reality with a link between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh ready for launch in the next three years.

In the next three years, the Ken-Betwa river link between the two states may become the first river inter-linking project of the country.

The Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Ken-Betwa link has been received by the Centre. "Since it has been declared a national project, the Centre will fund 90 per cent of the cost," Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz said.

The minister said that in the three years, the Ken-Betwa link could become the first river inter-linking project to be commissioned in the country.

A tripartite MoU was signed between the Union Minister for Water Resources and Chief Ministers of UP and MP in 2005 for preparing DPR of Ken-Betwa link.

The completion of the DPR in a record two years time was a big achievement for scientists and engineers involved in the project.

Conceived in 1980, the river inter-linking project has been mired in bureaucratic red tape and disputes between states sharing river water.