The Union Jal Shakti ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to implement Ken-Betwa Link Project (KBLP).
The project is a major part of National River Linking and its success will pave the way for future projects.
The Ken-Betwa Link Project is the first among several projects under the National Perspective Plan for interlinking of rivers.
Under the proposed plan, excess water from Ken River will be transferred to the Betwa River. Both these rivers are tributaries of Yamuna.
Under Phase-I, the Daudhan dam complex and its parts like Low Level Tunnel, High Level Tunnel, Ken-Betwa link canal and Power houses — will be undertaken.
In the Phase-II, Lower Orr dam, Bina complex project and Kotha barrage — will be developed.
The project will help in annual irrigation of 10.62 lakh hectares, provide drinking water supply to about lakhs of people and also generate electricity through hydropower.
The project is expected to benefit drought prone Bundelkhand region present in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
About 6000 hectares of forest area is expected to be submerged under the proposed plan. Out of this, about 4000 hectares fall under core habitat of Panna Tiger Reserve.
River linking projects
Projects such as Parambikulam Aliyar, Periyar Project, Kurnool Cudappah Canal, Telugu Ganga Project etc are some examples of river linking projects.