The Union Cabinet has approved central support of Rs 39,317 crore for the project, covering a grant of Rs 36,290 crore and a loan of Rs 3,027 crore, said Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur to reporters here.
This will pave the way for more such projects for the interconnection of the country’s rivers, he added.
The Ken-Betwa project involves the transfer of water from the Ken River to the Betwa River through the construction of the Daudhan Dam (Lower Orr Project, Kotha Dam) and a canal connecting the two rivers (Bina Complex Multipurpose project).
The project will ensure annual irrigation of over 10.62 lakh hectares of land, supply drinking water to a population of around 62 lakh and also generate 103 MW of hydroelectricity and 27 MW of solar energy.
It is expected to be implemented in eight years with advanced technology.
“The project will be of immense benefit to the Bundelkhand region, which lacks water and spans the states of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh,” an official statement said.
The Ken-Betwa project will benefit the districts of Panna, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Sagar, Damoh, Datia, Vidisha, Shivpuri and Raisen in Madhya Pradesh and Banda, Mahoba, Jhansi and Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh.
âThe project also provides for overall management and environmental safeguards. To this end, a comprehensive landscape management plan is being finalized by the Wildlife Institute of India, âthe statement said.