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National workshop on inter-linking of rivers in India

A two-day national workshop on the proposed Inter-Linking of Rivers in India (ILRI) would be held here from July 12.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2003 11:15 IST

A two-day national workshop on the proposed Inter-Linking of Rivers in India (ILRI) would be held here from July 12.

The workshop is held under the joint auspices of the Chalakudy River Protection Samithi (CRPS) and the New Delhi based South Asian Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP), at nearby Mulamkunnathukavu.

CRPS Co-ordinator Dr A Lalitha told a press meet here today ILRI would adversely effect water resources in Kerala. If the project was implemented as envisaged, it would convert the state into a water deficit one and Kerala's water table would go down considerably, she said.

Lalitha said over 4.5 lakh people would be adversely affected if the project was carried out. Over 2000 hectares of forest land on the periphery of Periyar wild life sanctuary and the Thoni-Achankovil range would have to be utilised for the purpose, she said, adding, Tamil Nadu would be the largest beneficiary of the project in the southern part of the country at the cost of Kerala.

First Published: Jul 11, 2003 11:15 IST