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Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:08:52 PM »
Hello Everyone,

The idea of connecting rivers of India came decade ago. I need to know how feasible, economical, useful and nature friendly idea is this? Please speak your mind here so that we can cover each and every aspects (good or bad) of this idea.

I invite each and everyone of this forum to give your valuable insight. Floor is open for discussion now.
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2014, 10:23:32 AM »
hi,

It's a good topic to start with.
In this regard, I wish to share the usefulness of Inland water
terminals  connecting major rivers with canals.For a coastal region
like kerala, this serves as an excellent means to transport cargo
thereby reducing highway traffic.
I remember taking up the design for floating terminal of the west coast
canal (National waterway-3) for our btech project.
However, I have not confirmed the exact statistics of its usefulness after
construction. Maybe, can share in future post.

Here is the link showing major waterways of India :
http://iwai.nic.in/map.php?lang=1


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Dept. of Civil Engineering
IIT Bombay


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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2014, 06:38:22 PM »
Thank You Indu for sharing your experience with us, and Sat for providing link of the book. I will certainly go through them and will try to post gist of them.

In between I encourage others to share their views on this project. Hoping for some more involvement here.
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2014, 08:14:43 PM »

Here is the video on

Interlinking of Indian Rivers: Pros and Cons and Environmental Concerns - Kaggere Lokesh

They are the pros of interlinking, the consequences in terms of volume of water to be diverted, the number of projects to be designed and completed, land requirement, the time frame for completion, the displacement of human population, rehabilitation efforts etc. Over and above, there is a lot of concern with respect to environmental issues such as destruction of biodiversity, changing land use pattern, deforestation, pollution aspects, soil erosion and loss of fertility, damage to flora and fauna, flood and drought mitigation.

Video Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=107fsOzg9xM
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2014, 02:39:49 PM »
Another opinion published in "The Hindu" on Interlinking of Rivers by Parvathy Binoy (doctoral candidate in geography at Syracuse University)

Major Highlight of opinion:
In a recent article, prominent environmentalists Vandana Shiva and Sarika Malhotra argue that the interlinking projects have no hydrological or ecological soundness. Their study of the Ken-Betwa link and the Sarda-Yamuna link points to the false government claim that the links will deliver water to drought-prone Bundelkhand. Instead, the drought season they argue, occurs when both the Ken and the Betwa have reduced flow due to the fact that they emerge from the same Vindhyanchal range. As for the Sarda and the Yamuna, both these rivers flood at the same time because they both emerge from the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand.

Criticism :
Author being a researcher should have cited research article to back his/her claim. Also last para consists of religious mentioning which is very unwarranted thing in scientific community.

Link :
http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/mr-modis-river-disconnect/article6313925.ece?homepage=true
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2015, 11:48:52 AM »
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2015, 03:11:17 PM »
'Interlinking of Rivers: Opportunities, Issues & Challenges'- A Panel Discussion
    Wed, Dec 16, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM IST

 Registration Link : https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6401370262159314177 

Additional Info
Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India is organising panel discussion on the contentious issue of 'Interlinking of Rivers'. Forum believes that 'Interlinking of Rivers' is an important issue that needs to be discussed taking into account the finer details of the implications of this ambitious project. It is important to have informed debate around this issue, so that decisions taken henceforth are in line with economic, environmental and social justice
perspective.

The panelists are as follows:
1) Mr. Chetan Pandit, Retd. Member of the Central Water Commission
2) Mr. Dinesh Kumar, Executive Director, IRAP
3) Mr. Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP
4) Prof. Jayanta Bandyopadhyay, IIM Kolkata

The session will be moderated by Mr. Shripad Dharmadhikary from Manthan.
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2015, 06:22:11 PM »
Perspective of Ramaswamy R Iyer (Centre for Policy Research)

River linking Project
A Disquieting Judgement


Abstract :
Link to full article
: https://handouts-live.s3.amazonaws.com/6ead6e176ab2457abacf3361aef4ecd0?sessionId=3925314057031566853&participantId=600022
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2015, 06:28:18 PM »
Interlinking of Rivers in India : Assessing the Justifications

Special article by Prof Jayanta Bandyopadhyay and Shama Perveen

Abstract :Link to full article : https://handouts-live.s3.amazonaws.com/e5e77b3b0d3a425badfb5a56dd4f1924?sessionId=3925314057031566853&participantId=600022
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2016, 06:22:37 PM »

Very balanced article with some more information about ILR. Some informations from the article is shared here for quick read.
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paper in the journal Nature, a team of scientists showed conclusively that organic farming provides up to 34% lower yields than conventional farming.

Source Link : http://www.newslaundry.com/2014/06/09/a-bend-in-the-river/
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2016, 11:19:15 AM »
Another article on interlinking of river titled "Why linking rivers won't work" - From the Himalayas to the Western ghats, The Modi regime pushes ahead with a mammoth river-linking project with questionable benefits.

Pros highlighted
1. NWDA director-general S. Masood Hussain, says the ILR will double India's current 42,200 megawatt hydropower generation (from medium and major projects), adding 34 additional gigawatts to the capacity.
2.  Designed to irrigate 35 million monsoon-dependent hectares, Masood says ILR is the only realistic means to raise the country's irrigation potential from 140 million to 175 million hectares by 2050, when the population is projected to touch 1.6 billion.


Cons highlighted
1. Astronomically expensive adventure : "Union water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation minister Uma Bharti tells india today that "ILR will now cost Rs 11 lakh crore."
2. According to Himanshu Thakkar (SANDRP's convenor), Groundwater that has been India's real lifeline and it is estimated to be 70 per cent more productive than canal irrigation, it needs to be sustained by protecting traditional recharge systems. If implemented, the ILR programme would seriously jeopardise the very resource that sustains India's food security.


Link to article : http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/river-linking-narendra-modi-national-green-tribunal/1/642498.html
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2016, 02:29:46 PM »
Updates from Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (last Updated on:02/03/2016)

Intra-State Links
Benefit from Interlinking of Rivers (Inter basin water transfer)


    The overall implementation of Interlinking of Rivers programme under National Perspective Plan would give benefits of 35 million hectares of irrigation, raising the ultimate irrigation potential from 140 million hectare to 175 million hectare and generation of 34000 megawatt of power, apart from the incidental benefits of flood control, navigation, water supply, fisheries, salinity and pollution control etc.

Link for the more information/updates :  http://wrmin.nic.in/forms/list.aspx?lid=1279&Id=4
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2018, 05:57:26 PM »
River Linking may have the potential to accelerate global warming on a short term in addition to its possible adverse effect  on monsoon rain-fall in India on a long term.

Article :
Rajamani, V., Mohanty, U.C., Ramesh, R., Bhat, G.S., Vinayachandran, P.N., Sengupta, D., PrasannaKumar, S. and Kolli, R.K., 2006. Linking Indian rivers vs Bay of Bengal monsoon activity. Indian Academy of Sciences.
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Re: Connecting Rivers of India: Searching for an Insight
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2018, 10:10:25 AM »
Good one. Informative.
Thanks for sharing.
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