The Centre has prioritised a project to transfer surplus water of Indravati river in Maharashtra and backwater of Andhra's Polavaram dam to Cauvery to resolve the water woes in the two states along with Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said.
Gadkari also laid emphasis on water conservation by various means and wherever possible.
The surplus water of Indravati (in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district), which meets Godavari, will be taken to Kaleshwaram dam. From there it will be transferred to two other dams and again from there it will be pumped to the tail end of Cauvery, Water Resources Minister Gadkari said.
He made the remarks while addressing an event organised by FICCI to mark World Water Day' here.
So, we will be able to nearly solve the water problems of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. There will be no dispute, he added.
The minister said that around 3000 TMC ft of the Godavari's water flows into the sea. Socio-economic changes can be attained even if 1000 TMC ft of it is held and transferred to the water-scarce region, Gadkari said.
Gadkari said that the government has planned 30 river linking programmes. Out of these, work on five programme will be initiated this year itself he added.
Gadkari also talked about undertaking a pilot desalination plant (to be installed on scrapped ship) in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin to gain potable water at Rs 5 paise per litre.
It will be a cost-effective, technology-based intervention, which will save water while fulfilling needs. We need to conserve water wherever possible with the help of the government and people, he added.
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