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Centre plans to transfer surplus Godavari water to Cauvery: Nitin Gadkari

Move to help address issues of water scarcity in southern India

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Nitin Gadkari, Gadkari

The Centre has taken up interlinking of rivers in "right earnest" and a meeting of chief ministers of various states will be held to evolve a plan on transferring surplus waters of the Godavari to the Cauvery to address scarcity in the south. Announcing this to reporters in Chennai, Union Resources minister said his ministry was working on two river linking projects that would provide to water-scarce states as the country's agriculture was dependent on monsoon seasons. "My ministry has decided to transfer surplus from to Krishna, to (Karnataka) and finally to Cauvery," he said. The ministry was discussing with the states concerned, he said, adding "in near future, we will come up with a concrete action plan." He said 3,000 TMC of from Godavari was going waste into the sea. "I am going to call a meeting of Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and and with their approval. we will finalise the plan." "We will treat these projects as national projects because this is a river connectivity project," he said, said 90 per cent of the cost will be borne by Government of India and 10 per cent by state governments. "This can be a game-changer," he said. Elaborating on the first project, he said initially 300TMC would be transferred from the Godavari to the Polavaram project (in Andhra Pradesh) through Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and to river Krishna. After that will be taken to Somasila dam on the Pennar and from there it will be taken to the Grand Anaicut on river Cauvery, he said. "We will be taking the through steel pipes and not by canal," he said. Through this initiative, he said, around 100TMC can be carried to the Cauvery thereby making available ample to and Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, will be benefited from this project, he said. On the second project, he said from Indravati river (Central India) will be taken to Nagarjuna Sagar dam. "Again it will come to Somasila project and from Somasila it will come to Cauvery without the connectivity." He said the initiative would solve the problems in different parts of earlier reviewed the status of various projects under his Ministry here along with Chief Minister K Palaniswami and senior government officials.

First Published: Thu, November 23 2017. 23:35 IST