Approval Grated for First Phase of Ken-Betwa Interlinking (Important)

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India՚s first ever inter-State river interlinking project Crore Ken-Betwa gets approval of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) . At the meeting of NBWL which was chaired by Anil Madhav Dave Minister of State (MoS) for Environment and Forests. It will be completed at the estimated cost of ₹ 10000. Decision in this regard was taken.

Location of Ken-Betwa Interlinking

Key Facts

  • The Ken-Betwa river interlinking project will be implemented in two phases and currently NBWL has only approved first phase of this project.
  • To implement the first phase, first of all forest and environment clearance is required.
  • Under this project 230-km long canal and a series of barrages and dams connecting the Ken and Betwa rivers will be constructed.
  • The key projects are:
  1. Makodia dam
  2. Dhaudhan dam

Benefits of Ken-Betwa River Interlinking Project

  • Ken-Betwa river interlinking project will be very beneficial for worst drought-affected and drought-prone Bundelkhand region of India (by irrigation) .
Location of Bundelkhand
  • It will provide water to the 3.5 lakh hectares in Madhya Pradesh and 14,000 hectares of Uttar Pradesh, in Bundelkhand.
  • It will provide water supply and power in 5 districts of Madhya Pradesh:
  1. Chhatarpur
  2. Raisen
  3. Panna
  4. Tikamgarh
  5. Vidisha
  • 3 districts of Uttar Pradesh
  1. Mahoba
  2. Jhansi
  3. Banda
  • However, along with benefits it also will also affect around 20000 people in 38 villages because of the submergence by Daudhan reservoir and Makodia reservoir.
  • This project will be the first river project that will be located in the tiger reserve.
  • 10 % of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh will submerge which has been feted as a model tiger-conservation reserve.

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