Centre-Maharshtra to discuss river interlinking project

Maharashtra Water Resources minister Girish Mahajan today said a high-level meeting will be held soon in the metropolis to discuss and resolve issues plaguing the Nar-Par-Tapi-Narmada river-linking project.

Mahajan, who attended the eighth meeting of the Special Committee for interlinking of rivers in Delhi on Monday also said that in the meeting, he stressed that excess water from the Nar-Par-Tapi-Narmada basin must not be allowed to go to Gujarat.

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti had chaired the meeting.

“In the meeting, we discussed the hurdles in the water inter-linking project, which will pass through various states,” he said.

“We have a dispute with Gujarat over the share of water from the Nar-Par-Tapi-Narmada basin. We do not want to let water of our share go to the neighbouring state,” he said.

He added that though Maharashtra is possessive over its share of water, it is not possible to lift water from the  basin at a height of 600 to 800 meter and divert it in some other part of the state.

-More at TNIE


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