Roads cleared for Ken-Betwa river linking project rollout
With the two approvals, ministry sources said the National Water Development Agency can start construction anytime now.india Updated: Sep 21, 2017 22:08 IST
The environment ministry has given the final environment approval to the controversial Ken-Betwa river linking, setting the stage for the construction of India’s first river linking project more than 15 years after the project was conceived by the previous National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.
The ministry’s expert appraisal committee, mandated to examine river valley and hydro-electricity projects, gave its approval after considering the environmental aspects of the project.
In May, the ministry had given approval for diversion of the forest land.
With the two approvals, ministry sources said that the National Water Development Agency can start construction anytime now.
However, the environment clearance got delayed as the Madhya Pradesh government wanted a review of the water-sharing pact signed in 2005 between MP, Uttar Pradesh and the water resources ministry, and the inclusion of new components worth Rs 16,000 crore in the first phase.
After the Prime Minister’s Office intervention, the MP government relented and finally the green ministry gave its approval.