Centre-Maha to Soon Discuss River Interlinking Project

Published: 10th February 2016 10:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2016 10:18 AM   |  A+A-


MUMBAI: 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.

"The scheme is not viable and impossible to implement. Hence, instead, we are demanding an equal share of water from Tapi river to Maharashtra from Gujarat. But, Gujarat is opposing the solution.

This was raised in the meeting and Uma Bharti intervened in the issue," he said.

He further said that according to her instructions, a high level meeting will be held in Mumbai.

"It was decided to meet on February 16, but it may be  changed by a day or two as Uma Bharti has called a meeting in Bhopal on the same day. Union Secretaries along with officials from state water resource department will attend the meeting," he said.

The proposed Par-Tapi-Narmada river interlinking project, aimed at diverting "surplus" water from parts of west flowing rivers like Par, Nar, Ambika and Auranga basins in Maharashtra, is all set to become a major cause of conflict between Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Maharashtra has made it clear to Gujarat that it does not have "any water to spare".

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