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Modi set to begin work on $87 bn river-linking scheme to end flood woes

The mammoth plan entails linking nearly 60 rivers


After years of foot-dragging India will begin work in around a month on an $87 billion scheme to connect some of the country’s biggest rivers, government sources say, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi bets on the ambitious project to end deadly floods and droughts. The mammoth plan entails linking nearly 60 rivers, including the mighty Ganges, which the government hopes will cut farmers’ dependence on fickle monsoon rains by bringing millions of hectares of cultivatable land under irrigation. In recent weeks, some parts of India and neighbouring Bangladesh and Nepal ...

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First Published: Fri, September 01 2017. 08:31 IST