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The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has given its clearance for the Ken-Betwa inter-linking of rivers (ILR) project, paving the way to begin work for linking two rivers. Nearly 8,650 hectares of forest land including part of Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh will be submerged due to implementation of this project.

River-interlinking project

River-interlinking Project

River-interlinking project

About Project

  • The Ken-Betwa ILR project aims to transfer surplus water from the Ken River to the Betwa basin through Ken-Betwa link concrete canal to irrigate India’s worst drought-prone Bundelkhand region.
  • The project will benefit Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in terms of meeting irrigation, drinking water and electricity needs of people across 6 districts in the two states.
  • The 221-km concrete canal will pass through Jhansi, Banda and Mahoba districts of Uttar Pradesh and Chhatarpur, Panna and Tikamgarh districts of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The project also had received green signal from the Supreme Court following the tripartite MoU involving UP, MP and Centre.
  • The apex court in February 2012 had directed Centre to implement this project in a time-bound manner and also had appointed a high-powered committee for its planning and implementation.
Ken-Betwa ILR project

Ken-Betwa ILR Project

Ken-Betwa ILR project

Additional Conditions of the Project

  • To compensate for direct loss of 105 sq km of tiger habitat, Nauradehi, Rani Durgavati and Ranipur wildlife sanctuaries will be integrated in Panna Tiger Reserve.
  • Affected forest villagers will be rehabilitated at project’s cost.
  • The dam reservoir area will be retained as core tiger reserve with minimum activities.
  • No fishing will be allowed at the dam site.
  • No new mining leases will be allowed on tiger dispersal routes.
Conditions of the Ken-Betwa River Project

Conditions of the Ken-Betwa River Project

Conditions of the Ken-Betwa River Project

Environmental Concern

  • Ken-Betwa river interlinking project will be the first river project that will be located within a tiger reserve.
  • It will submerge about 10% of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh which has been feted as a model tiger-conservation reserve.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 29, 2016

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