No proposal for linking rivers pending: Minister

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No proposal for linking rivers pending: Minister

Thursday, 20 February 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

The Uttar Pradesh government informed the Assembly on Wednesday that there was no proposal pending before it over linking of rivers.
Replying to a question of BSP member Shyam Sunder Sharma, Jal Shakti Minister Dr Mahendra Singh said that the project to link Ghagra river with Sharda and linking of Ramganga with Ganga river had already been completed.
Singh said that the project to link five rivers — Ghaghara, Saryu, Rohini, Rapti and Banganga — was in the last stage and would provide irrigation facilities to nine districts of eastern UP.
When the BSP member reminded the minister about former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dream of linking Ken and Betwa rivers in Bundelkhand to end the annual feature of drought there, Singh said that the matter was with the Union government as the project was divided between UP and MP.
“The project has not yet started as there has been no agreement between UP and MP, though talks are underway,” Singh stated.
When asked about a project linking Saryu and four other rivers, the minister clarified that the previous government did only 3 per cent of the work while the present government had done 85 per cent of the work on it. Singh said that the project would be completed in the 2020-21 fiscal.

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