14 April, New Delhi
Union Government has constituted a task force on interlinking of rivers comprising experts and senior officials to look into the issues relating to the matter in the country. The Task Force will be chaired by B N Navalawala, Ex-Secretary of Ministry of Water Resources.
An official release from Ministry of Water Resources said, the Task Force will take up all issues for expediting the work on interlinking of rivers in the Country.
It said, apart from examining the existing links that are laid out as per the National Perspective Plan under both Himalayan and Peninsular components, the task force will also consider alternative plans in place of infeasible links in the present plan.
The release said, the task force will facilitate interlinking of intra-state and intra-basin Rivers also along with that of inter-state and inter-basin links.
The Task Force will also provide guidance on norms of appraisal of individual projects in respect of economic viability, socio-economic, environmental impacts and preparation of resettlement plans.
It will also device suitable mechanisms for bringing about speedy consensus amongst the states and also propose suitable organizational structure for implementing the Interlinking of Rivers.