MP, UP deadlock over Ken-Betwa project resolved, says Gadkari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Sep 2017 09:02:35



THE deadlock between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh over the ambitious Ken-Betwa river interlinking project has been resolved, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday.

India’s first interlinking of rivers project between the Ken in Madhya Pradesh and the Betwa in Uttar Pradesh ran into trouble after the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh demanded tweaking of the Phase-I plan of the ambitious project. “I am happy to tell you that two days back chief ministers of six states came to my office (with different issues),” the water resources minister said at a conference here.

Gadkari further said that an issue between Gujarat and Maharashtra has also been resolved, without elaborating. He did not mention the other two states.
The issue which had been stretching for years was resolved in hours, said the minister who also holds the Road Transport and Highways portfolio.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had to step in to resolve the deadlock between the Water Resources Ministry and Madhya Pradesh. The project includes construction of a dam across river Ken in Chhatarpur district in Madhya Pradesh to irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares of land.

The Madhya Pradesh Government had written to the Centre demanding a review of the water-sharing pact signed in 2005 between MP, UP and the Union Water Resources Ministry, and inclusion of some new components in the Rs 16,000-crore Phase-I plan.