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Cabinet Approves Ken-Betwa River Link Project | Latest India News


The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the interconnection of the Ken and Betwa rivers at a cost of ??44,605 ​​crore, which will be completed in eight years.

A massive infrastructure project, linking the two rivers, will bring water to the constantly drought-stricken and impoverished Bundelkhand region spread across the states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

The Cabinet approved the creation of a special-purpose vehicle called the Ken-Betwa Link Project Authority to implement the project, which will generate 103 MW of hydroelectric power as well as 27 MW of solar power, according to an official statement.

The Ken-Betwa project involves building a dam on the Ken River, a major river in the Bundelkhand region, with a 221 km channel to transfer “excess” water to the Betwa basin. It was first mentioned during the tenure of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

This project will provide water to the districts of Panna, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Sagar, Damoh, Datia, Vidisha, Shivpuri and Raisen in Madhya Pradesh, in addition to Banda, Mahoba, Jhansi and Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The Madhya Pradesh government has approved compulsory alternative lands to compensate for habitat loss in parts of the Panna Tiger Reserve due to the river link project.

According to the press release, this project involves the transfer of water from the Ken to the Betwa through the construction of the Daudhan dam and a canal connecting the two rivers.

The canal will provide drinking water to around 6.2 million people, according to the project plan and will bring 10.62 lakh of hectares under annual irrigation.

Thanking the Prime Minister for approving the project, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said: “This project will prove to be a godsend for the Bundelkhand. The project will provide irrigation and potable water to the drought-prone areas of Chhatarpur, Panna and Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh and will produce 103 MW of hydroelectric power and 27 MW of solar power. This project will bring prosperity to the Bundelkhand.

“This project will particularly benefit Uttar Pradesh as well as Panna, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Sagar, Damoh, Datia, Vidisha, Shivpuri and Raisen of Madhya Pradesh. This project, which should be completed in eight years, will change the lives of the inhabitants of Bundelkhand, ”he added.