ILR in Parliament

A.Lok Sabha

1.1Current Status of Interlinking of Rivers

Under the NPP, NWDA has identified 14 links under Himalayan Rivers Development Component and 16 links under Peninsular Rivers Development Component based on field surveys and investigations and detailed studies. Out of these, FRs of 14 links under Peninsular Component and 2 links (Indian portion) under Himalayan Component have been prepared. Present status of IBWT Links, the States involved, name of rivers and status of FRs/DPRs is given at Annexure – I.

Four priority links for preparations of their DPRs under the Peninsular Component have been identified viz; Ken-Betwa Link (Phase –I & II); D-P Link, P-T-N link and Mahanadi-Godavari link. The DPR of Ken – Betwa Link Project is ready and its various statutory clearances are in advance stages. The DPR of D-P link is also ready. The D-P Link Project was considered by the Advisory Committee on Irrigation, Flood Control & Multipurpose Projects of Ministry of Water Resources, RD & GR chaired by the Secretary (WR, RD & GR) in its 129th meeting held on 8th July, 2016. The Advisory Committee has accorded the techno-economic clearance to the project subject to the following:

(i) Submission of FC from MoEF & CC for diversion of 1673.78 ha of forest land.

(ii) Clearance for the R&R of tribal population from MoTA.

The DPR of P-T-N link project has also been completed by NWDA and submitted to the concerned States of Gujarat and Maharashtra in August 2015.

The DPR of Mahanadi-Godavari link could not be taken up as the Government of Odisha was not agreeable for Mahanadi-Godavari link, a mother link of 9 link systems viz., Mahanadi-Godavari-Krishna-Pennar-Palar-Cauvery-Vaigai-Gundar linkage systems due to large submergence involved in Manibhadra Dam. Based on the suggestions of WRD, Govt. of Odisha, NWDA has prepared a preliminary revised proposal of Mahanadi- Godavari Link Project with reduced submergence and has been submitted to the State Govt. of Odisha. Also a presentation on the revised proposal of Mahanadi-Godavari Link Project has been made to the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Odisha on 29.05.2015 by the senior officers of MoWR, RD & GR. The water balance study of Mahanadi basin is being revised by NIH, Roorkee. A Joint Committee of MoWR,RD & GR and WRD, Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha has been set up vide MoWR, RD & GR letter dated 26.04.2016 to speed up the process of having consensus on the planning and preparation of DPR of Mahanadi-Godavari link and to resolve the issues related to Polavaram Project. The first meeting of the Committee was held on 2nd June 2016 at New Delhi under the chairmanship of Special Secretary, MoWR, RD &GR. After the finalisation of Mahanadi-Godavari Link Project proposal, NWDA will take up the remaining links of Mahanadi -Godavari-Krishna-Pennar-Palar-Cauvery-Vaigai-Gundar linkage systems in consultation with concerned State Governments.

The initial cost of the Interlinking projects as estimated in Preliminary studies at Pre-feasibility/Feasibility stage is Rs. 5.60 lakh crore at 2002 price level. The total expenditure likely to be incurred on interlinking of rivers can only be known after completion of all individual DPRs. As per the DPR, the estimated cost of Ken-Betwa Link Project Phase-I and Phase-II are about Rs. 18057.08 crores (2015-16 price level) and Rs.2282.94 crores (2012-13 price level) respectively. Ken-Betwa Link Project has been declared as National Project by the Government of India in the year 2008. The estimated cost of D-P link Project is about Rs. 3008 crores (2015-16 price level). The estimated cost of P-T-N link project is Rs. 9279 Crore (at 2014-15 price level).

The following Committees are constituted to speed up Interlinking of Rivers:-

1.2 Special Committee on “Interlinking of Rivers”

The Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its judgment dated 27.02.2012 in the Writ Petition (Civil) No. 512 of 2002 on ‘Networking of Rivers’ along with Writ Petition No. 668 of 2002 has directed the Union of India and particularly the MoWR to constitute a Committee under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Union Minister of Water Resources for the implementation of Interlinking of Rivers (ILR) Programme. In compliance, the MoWR, RD and GR has constituted a committee called Special Committee on Interlinking of Rivers (SCILR) vide Gazette Notification dated 23.09.2014. So far 11 meetings of the SCILR held. The last meeting was held on 09.11.2016 at New Delhi during this quarter.

The SCILR has also constituted four specific sub-committees; (i) Sub-committee for comprehensive evaluation of various studies/reports (ii) Sub-Committee for system studies for identifications of most appropriate alternate plan, (iii) Sub-Committee for consensus building through negotiations and arriving at agreement between concerned States and (iv) Sub-Committee for restructuring of NWDA. The Sub-Committee at serial no (iii) is already functioning as consensus group under Chairman, CWC and members from the concerned States, other three sub-committees have been constituted vide MoWR, RD & GR letter dated 13.02.2015.

Sub-Committee (i) for Comprehensive Evaluation of Various Studies/Reports: Seven meetings of the Sub-Committee–I have been held so far and during the reporting period, the last meeting was held on 26.07.2016 at CWC, New Delhi.

Sub-Committee (ii) for System Studies for Identifications of Most Appropriate Alternate Plan: Nine meetings of the Sub-Committee–II have been held so far and the last meeting was held on 30.08.2016 at CWC, New Delhi during this quarter.

Sub-Committee (iii) for Consensus building through Negotiations and Arriving at Agreement between Concerned States: A Consensus Group has been constituted by Ministry of Water Resources in June, 2002, under the Chairmanship of Chairman, Central Water Commission with DG, NWDA as Member Secretary. 11 meetings of the Group were held. This group has been renamed as ‘Sub-Committee for consensus building through negotiations and arriving at agreements between the concerned states’. This Sub-Committee has held two meetings on 17.04.2015 and 30.10.2015.

Sub-Committee (iv) for Restructuring of National Water Development Agency: The Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Shri M. Gopal Krishnan former Chairman, CWC. Seven meetings of the Sub-Committee –IV have been held and last meeting was held on 10.09.2015.

The Sub Committee on Restructuring of National Water Development Agency has submitted its report to the Ministry of Water Resources, RD&GR on 21.09.2015. A presentation on “Restructuring of NWDA” was made before Hon’ble Minister (WR, RD&GR) on 30th May, 2016. The Report on the Restructuring of NWDA is under consideration in the Ministry.

Constitution of Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers (2015): The Union Cabinet while approving the constitution of Special Committee for ILR in its meeting held on 24th July, 2014 directed that a committee comprising of experts be constituted to look into the issues relating to inter linking of rivers. In compliance to the direction of Union Cabinet, MoWR, RD & GR vide O.M. dated 13.04. 2015 has constituted a Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers (TF-ILR) under the Chairmanship of Shri B.N.Navalawala, Chief Advisor, MoWR, RD&GR. Task Force will assist the Special Committee for ILR and MoWR, RD&GR regarding the implementation of ILR Programme.

Five meetings of the Task Force have been held respectively on 23.04.2015; 05.11.2015; 28.04.2016; 15.06.2016 and 25.10.2016.

Constitution of Group on Legal Aspects under Task Force: In pursuance of the decision of the Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers taken in its 4th meeting held on 15.06.2016, a Group has been constituted vide Office Memorandum No. NWDA/Tech/400/5/2015/948-958 dated 18.07.2016 to look into the legal aspects and required enabling provisions for implementation of Interlinking of Rivers and other related issues. Four meetings of the legal group have been held so far and the last meeting was held on 04.11.2016 at CWC, New Delhi. Some of the States have certain views/ observations regarding ILR Projects, the details of which are given at Annexure-II.

The SCILR chaired by Hon’ble Union Minister (WR, RD &GR) as per the direction of the Hon’ble Supreme Court is expediting the progress and effective implementation in the Interlinking of Rivers projects. Eleven meetings of the SCILR have been held so far and the last meeting was held on November 09, 2016 at New Delhi. Various views and observations on the Interlinking of Rivers Programme have been received from State Governments, experts and other stakeholders in the meetings of the SCILR. The Special Committee would consider all such observations appropriately while planning and formulating the ILR projects.

The implementation of any interlinking project is yet to be taken up. As such no project is in progress or completed. Thus no amount has been allocated/released/spent on the project so far for any of river link projects.

At the time of preparation of DPR of the individual project, detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies as per Terms of Reference approved by the Environmental Appraisal Committee (EAC) of Ministry of Environment and Forest & CC (MoEF&CC)are carried out. All the environmental impacts and issues arising out of the EIA studies are duly addressed in Environmental Management Plan, which forms a part of the DPR.

Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) Plan in respect of project affected persons is an integral part of the implementation of any Inter Linking of River project and is included in the DPR.

The estimated number of individuals affected will be known only after the completion of the DPR of individual River Link Project. As per the DPR, the estimated numbers of families which are likely to be affected due to the river-linking project in Ken-Betwa Link Project (Phase I & II), Damanganga-Pinjal Link Project and Par-Tapi-Narmada Link Project are 2529, 2302 and 2509 respectively.

The Government is pursuing the Interlinking of Rivers program in a consultative manner. The implementation of the ILR projects involves various steps such as preparation of Pre-feasibility Reports(PFRs) /Feasibility Reports (FRs) of links; negotiation and consensus among concerned States; agreement with neighboring countries, if link involves area lying in those countries; preparation of DPRs of the projects; clearance from appraisal agencies which includes clearance by the MoEF&CC and MoTA, techno-economic clearance by Technical Advisory Committee of MoWR, RD & GR, investment clearance and the time required for the completion of the project as per the DPR.

The stage of implementation of a project would be reached after its DPR is prepared with the consensus of concerned States and the requisite statutory clearances are obtained. Thus the implementation of the projects will take varying periods of time.

The implementation of National Perspective Plan would give benefits of 25 million ha of irrigation from surface waters, 10 million ha by increased use of groundwater, raising the ultimate irrigation potential from 140 million ha to 175 million ha and generation of 34000 mega watt of power, apart from the incidental benefits of flood control, navigation, water supply, fisheries, salinity and pollution control etc.

Present Status of IBWT Links, States Involved, Name of Rivers and

Status of FRs/DPRs

Sl. No.

Name

Rivers

States Concerned

Status

Peninsular Component

     

1

Mahanadi (Manibhadra) - Godavari (Dowlaiswaram) link

Mahanadi & Godavari

Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, & Chattisgarh

FR Completed

2

Godavari (Inchampalli) - Krishna (Pulichintala) link

Godavari & Krishna

-do-

FR Completed

3

Godavari (Inchampalli) - Krishna (Nagarjunasagar) link

Godavari & Krishna

Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Chattisgarh,

FR Completed

4

Godavari (Polavaram) - Krishna (Vijayawada) link

Godavari & Krishna

Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, & Chattisgarh

FR Completed

5

Krishna (Almatti) – Pennar link

Krishna & Pennar

-do-

FR Completed

6

Krishna (Srisailam) – Pennar link

Krishna & Pennar

-do-

FR Completed

7

Krishna (Nagarjunasagar) - Pennar (Somasila ) link

Krishna & Pennar

Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka,

FR Completed

8

Pennar (Somasila) - Cauvery (Grand Anicut) link

Pennar & Cauvery

Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Puducherry

FR Completed

9

Cauvery (Kattalai) - Vaigai -Gundar link

Cauvery, Vaigai & Gundar

Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Puducherry

FR Completed

10

Ken-Betwa link

Ken & Betwa

Uttar Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh

FR & DPR (Ph-I&II) Completed

11

Parbati -Kalisindh- Chambal link

Parbati, Kalisindh & Chambal

Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh (UP requested to be consulted during consensus building)

FR Completed

12

Par-Tapi-Narmada link

Par, Tapi & Narmada

Maharashtra & Gujarat

FR & DPR Completed

13

Damanganga - Pinjal link

Damanganga & Pinjal

Maharashtra & Gujarat

FR & DPR Completed.

14

Bedti - Varda link

Bedti & Varda

Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka

PFR Completed

15

Netravati – Hemavati link

Netravati & Hemavati

Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala

PFR Completed

16

Pamba - Achankovil - Vaippar link

Pamba,Achan-kovil &Vaippar

Kerala & Tamil Nadu,

FR Completed

Himalayan Component

     

1.

Manas-Sankosh-Tista-Ganga (M-S-T-G) link

Manas-Sankosh-Tista-Ganga

Assam, West Bengal, Bihar & Bhutan

FR taken up

2.

Kosi-Ghaghra link

Kosi & Ghaghra

Bihar ,Uttar Pradesh & Nepal

FR in Indian portion started

3.

Gandak-Ganga link

Gandak & Ganga

-do-

Draft FR completed

(Indian portion)

4.

Ghaghra-Yamuna link

Ghaghra & Yamuna

-do-

FR completed (Indian portion)

5.

Sarda-Yamuna link

Sarda & Yamuna

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand & Nepal

FR completed (Indian portion)

6.

Yamuna-Rajasthan link

Yamuna & Sukri

Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana & Rajasthan

Draft FR completed

7.

Rajasthan-Sabarmati link

Sabarmati

-do-

Draft FR completed

8.

Chunar-Sone Barrage link

Ganga & Sone

Bihar & Uttar Pradesh

Draft FR completed

9.

Sone Dam – Southern Tributaries of Ganga link

Sone & Badua

Bihar & Jharkhand

FR taken up

10.

Ganga(Farakka)-Damodar-Subernarekha link

Ganga, Damodar & Subernarekha

West Bengal, Odisha & Jharkhand

Draft FR completed

11.

Subernarekha-Mahanadi link

Subernarekha & Mahanadi

West Bengal & Odisha

Draft FR

Completed

12.

Kosi-Mechi link

Kosi &Mechi

Bihar , West Bengal & Nepal

PFR completed Entirely lies in Nepal

13.

Ganga (Farakka)-Sunderbans link

Ganga & Ichhamati

West Bengal

Draft FR completed

14.

Jogighopa-Tista-Farakka link (Alternative to M-S-T-G)

Manas, Tista & Ganga

-do-

PFR completed, FR not prepared due to Alternative to M-S-T-G Link

Link Wise Details of Objections Raised by Various State Governments

S.No.

Name of Link Project

Concerned States

Views/Observations

 

1

Pamba - Achankovil - Vaippar link

Tamil Nadu & Kerala

Kerala Assembly has passed a resolution against taking up of the Link Project (2003).

2

Parbati – Kalisindh – Chambal link

Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan

Government of MP has prepared and submitted the DPRs of Mohanpura Multipurpose Project and Kundaliya dam as a major intra-State link project (important components of Parbati-Kalisindh-Chambal link) to CWC.

3

Mahanadi (Manibhadra) – Godavari link

Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Chattisgarh

Govt. of Odisha is not agreeable to this link Project due to large submergence of Manibhadra dam/reservoir and to the water balance and quantum of water to be diverted.

4

Godavari (Inchampalli) -Krishna link Projects

Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka & Chattisgarh

Govt. of Telangana is not agreeable to the water balance at Inchampalli dam site in Godavari basin.

5

Netravati-Hemavati link

Karnataka, TamilNadu & Kerala

Govt. of Karnataka intends to utilize Netravati water as per its own plan.

1.3The Present Status and the Estimated Cost for Interlinking of Damanganga – Pinjal and Par-Tapi-Narmada Link Projects

The DPR of D-P link project has been completed by NWDA during March, 2014. The estimated cost of D-P link Project is about Rs.3008 crores (2015-16 price level).

The DPR of P-T-N link project has been completed by NWDA and submitted to Water Resources Departments of Government of Gujarat and Maharashtra in August, 2015. The estimated cost of P–T–N link project is Rs. 9279 Crore (at 2014-15 price level).

The D-P link project envisages to provide about 895 MCM of water for augmentation of domestic water supply to Mumbai city to meet its requirement.

 

The P-T-N link project will provide irrigation to a total area of 2.30 lakh hectare annually which includes 0.77 lakh hectare new command area in its enroute region in Navsari, Surat, Dang and Bharuch districts of Gujarat State and target command of 1.53 lakh hectare area in the drought prone Saurashtra & Kutch region of Gujarat through substitution. The project will also generate about 102 million units of hydropower from the power houses proposed at various dams and canal falls, besides providing drinking water to the villages in the region.

At the time of preparation of Detailed Project Report of the Damanganga - Pinjal link project and Par-Tapi-Narmada Link Project, detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies as per Terms of Reference approved by Environmental Appraisal Committee (EAC) of Ministry of Environment and Forest & CC have been carried out. All environmental impacts and issues arising out of the EIA studies have been duly addressed in Environmental Management Plan which forms a part of DPR.

Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) Plan in respect of both project affected persons is an integral part of the implementation of any Inter Linking of River project and is included in the DPR.

1.4The Surveys & Investigation Conducted for ILR Projects in Tamil Nadu

The surveys and investigations in Tamil Nadu for preparation of feasibility report of

three links i.e. Pennar (Somasila) - Cauvery (Grand Anicut) link, Cauvery (Kattalai) - Vaigai -Gundar link and Pamba - Achankovil - Vaippar link under Peninsular Component of NPP have been carried out. The feasibility reports of these three links have been prepared and circulated to the concerned States.

Surveys and investigations of one intra-State link i.e. Ponnaiyar–Palar link of Tamilnadu has also been carried out for preparation of DPR. The DPR of Ponnaiyar–Palar link is being finalised.

The Grant-in-aid released to NWDA by MoWR and Expenditure by NWDA in the last three years for surveys and investigations including salaries of NWDA staff is as follows:

 

Year

Grants-in-aid
Released to NWDA by MoWR
(Rs. in Lakh)

Expenditure by NWDA
(Rs. in Lakh)

2013-14

5029.90

5030.00

2014-15

6200.00

6200.75

2015-16

6900.00

6901.00

1.5The Current Status of ILR Project with Regard to Tista River

As envisaged in NPP for water resources development through IBWT prepared by MoWR, RD&GR, NWDA has identified 16 links under Peninsular and 14 links under Himalayan components. One of the link namely M-S-T-G link under the Himalayan component of the NPP envisages diversion of the surplus waters of Manas and Sankosh rivers with supplementation from the intermediate major streams, namely Aie, Raidak, Torsa and Jaldhaka for the benefit of augmenting the flows of Ganga at Farakka and further transfer to water short areas of Krishna, Pennar and Cauvery basins and providing irrigation facilities to the enroute command areas. The link will cross Tista River but will not have any augmentation of water from Tista River. Preparation of the FR of this link is under progress.

1.6Inter Basin Water Transfer Links Related to Bihar

Two IBWT Links under the NPP namely i) Kosi-Mechi link, (entirely lies in Nepal) and ii) Kosi-Ghaghara link are proposed to divert flood water of Kosi river, which originate in Nepal. The PFR of both the links have been prepared. As the Kosi-Mechi link entirely lies in Nepal, it requires agreement with the neighboring country of Nepal for preparation of its FR/DPR. The work of preparation of the FR of Kosi-Ghaghara link falling in the Indian portion is in progress. For taking up FR/DPR of these links bilateral understanding and agreement with Government of Nepal is necessary.

NWDA has completed the DPR of 2 Intra-State link of Burhi-Gandak-Noon-Baya-Ganga and Kosi-Mechi link and submitted to the Government of Bihar. The DPR of Burhi Gandak-Noon-Baya-Ganga link project is under techno-economic appraisal in CWC. All the necessary statutory clearances of Burhi-Gandak-Noon-Baya-Ganga link will be obtained by the Government of Bihar.

Technical Appraisal of Kosi-Mechi link has been completed by CWC. Advisory Committee of the MoWR, RD & GR accepted the proposal on 8.7.2016 with respect to techno-economic feasibility.

2.Any Special Grants to NWDA to Develop New Irrigation Projects in the Country

The Government has not sanctioned any special grants to NWDA to develop new irrigation projects in the country so far. However, NWDA has been identified to act as an agency for borrowing resources from Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF) and release Central Assistance to the State Governments towards the prioritized Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) -AIBP (Major & Medium Irrigation) Projects and their Command Area Development and Water Management (CADWM) works, for their completion in time bound manner. Memorandum of Agreement for borrowing from NABARD to fund Central share in these projects was signed by the MoWR, RD & GR, NWDA and NABARD on 06.09.2016.

3. India Water Week

MoWR, RD & GR organised India Water Week-2016 (IWW-2016) International Conference from 4-8 April, 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan and Pragati Maidan. The theme of India Water Week, 2016 was “Water for all: Striving together”. The conference encompassed all major topics related to water resources development and management and thus provided the right platform for the Water Resources fraternity for coming out with pragmatic strategies towards achieving the goal of ‘Water for All’ in line with Government of India’s vision, “Sab Ka Sath, Sab Ka Vikaas”.

More than 1500 delegates representing National and International Organizations, Research Institutes, Educational Institutions and NGOs from water resources, agriculture, power sectors etc. participated in the event that include delegates from 15 countries viz; 1. Israel, 2.Hungry, 3.Burundi, 4.Bhutan, 5.Zimbabwe, 6.Nepal, 7.Democratic Republic of Congo, 8.Philippines, 9.Niger, 10.Sierra Leone, 11.Kingdom of Cambodia, 12.Bangladesh, 13.Australia, 14. Netherlands, and 15.Singapore, which renderered the event to a global hue. Various papers presented by the various Countries are given in the Table below.

Israel was named as partner country for the event of India Water Week-2016. In Conference, two seminars on (i) “Creating Awareness for Water Conservation in Younger Generation” (S7) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Uri Schor, Spokesperson, Israel water authority and (ii) “More Crop per Drop Adoption of Precise Irrigation Technology” (S8) under the Chairmanship of Ambassador Gil Haskel, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel, Head of MASHAV, Israel’s agency for International Development Co-operation were organized by the partner country. In the session on “More Crop per Drop - Adoption of Precise Irrigation Technology”, Dr. Ms. Yafit Cohen of Agriculture Research Organization, Volcani Centre Israel was the key note speaker.

Various Companies from Israel participated in the Exhibition that was organised concurrently as a part of the event to showcase the technology adopted and advancement achieved by them in the field of water resources conservation, recycle and reuse.

Israel’s experience includes not only on the introduction of drip irrigation and other technologies of precise irrigation, but also combines it with policy guidelines, ensuring that each farmer receives the amount of water he requires so that there is no waste of water or over usage. Israel has developed a water policy that brings water to the field of the farmer, side by side with the development for irrigation solutions, thus supporting and guiding the farmers on how to adopt the new technologies and use them in the most efficient way.

Various technologies and methods of water management discussed in the conference sessions of Seminars (S), Panel Discussions (PD), Brainstorming Sessions (BS), Case Studies (CS), and Side Events (SE) have been appropriately incorporated in the recommendations. The recommendations so arrived from the technical sessions have been circulated to all concerned departments of State and Central Governments like Water Resources/Irrigation, Agriculture, Industry, Drinking Water etc. for their implementation.

Papers Presented by Various Countries

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Country Name

Name of Paper/Session

1.

Kingdom of Cambodia

Basin Level Management Initiatives (CS 4)

2.

Nepal & Burundi

Institutionalisation People’s Participation in Water Planning and Management (BS 5)

3.

Bhutan

Water and Power (PD 7)

4.

Burundi and Niger

Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Building of Water Resources Professionals (BS 2)

5.

Zimbabwe

Water Management-Learning from Ancient Wisdom and Traditional Practices (PD 3)

6.

Bhutan

Challenges of Water Supply and Sanitation for Urban and Rural areas (S 3)

7.

Burundi

Rainwater Harvesting and Water Conservation at Local Level (CS 1)

8.

Sierra Leone

Water and health - Management Water Quality (S 4)

9.

Israel

Israel Makes in India-CoE’s and Commercial Success Stories (SE 2)

10.

Israel

Adding precision to precision irrigation (S 8)

11.

Israel

Efficient water in agriculture, flood/sprinkler/drip, Rain port-overhead micro irrigation system (CS 2)

12.

Israel

Improving water use efficiency in surface water irrigation (CS 2)

13.

Israel

The Indo-Israel project - A Government to Government partnership (SE 2)

B.Rajya Sabha

1.1 Constitution of Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers

Earlier, a Task Force on Interlinking of Rivers under the Chairmanship of Shri Suresh P. Prabhu, the then Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha was constituted on 13.12.2002. The Task force held 12 meetings and submitted its report in the form of Action Plans I & II on 30.04.2003 and 16.04.2004 respectively and thus completed its role. Thereafter, it was wound up by the MoWR with effect from 31.12.2004.

The Union Cabinet while approving the constitution of SCILR in its meeting held on 24.07. 2014 directed that a committee comprising of experts be constituted to look into the issues relating to ILRs. In compliance to the direction of Union Cabinet, MoWR,RD&GR vide O.M. dated 13.04.2015 has constituted a TFILR under the Chairmanship of Shri B.N.Navalawala, Chief Advisor, MoWR,RD&GR and consists of various experts and officials. The Task Force will assist the SCILR and MoWR,RD&GR regarding the implementation of ILR Programme. The term of the Task Force is for a period of two years or till further order, whichever is earlier.

Five meetings of the Task Force have been held on 23.04.2015; 05.11.2015; 28.04. 2016; 15.06.2016; and 25.10.2016 respectively. The minutes of the meetings were issued as and when the finalizations of the same have been made.

TFILR has consulted with various State Governments including Tamil Nadu while deliberating on various issues relating to ILR projects including the issue of surplus water. The matter is still under consideration of the Task Force.

The tenure of Task Force is 2 years. It has not submitted its report so far.

1.2 Linking of River Godavari and River Krishna in Andhra Pradesh

Under the NPP prepared by the then Ministry of Irrigation now MoWR,RD&GR and CWC has identified 30 links (16 under Peninsular Component & 14 under Himalayan Component) for preparation of FRs. The FR of one link under Peninsular Component namely the Godavari (Polavaram) – Krishna (Vijayawada) link was prepared and circulated on 24.11.1999. The Godavari (Polavaram) – Krishna (Vijayawada) link is a part of Polavaram project of the Andhra Pradesh. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has taken up the above project including link components as per their own planning.

Now the Government of India has constituted a Polavaram Project Authority (PPA) for the execution of the Polavaram Irrigation Project in accordance with the Section 90 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

As per the information gathered from the PPA, since the Polavaram Irrigation Project Head Works are yet to be completed and construction of the Right Main Canal is already at the final stage of completion, Government of Andhra Pradesh envisaged Pattiseema Lift Scheme to lift the water from river Godavari and transfer it to river Krishna through the existing Polavaram Right Main Canal.

The positive aspects in existing river link project in the country are the domestic water supply, industrial water need and irrigation water supply to the water short areas besides increasing in groundwater levels.

1.3 Sanctioning of Fund for 50 Irrigation Projects Prioritized under PMKSY

The NABARD has sanctioned a total loan amount of Rs. 19,702 crore for funding of Central Assistance for 50 irrigation projects prioritized under PMKSY through LTIF to NWDA.

So far, Rs 1500 crore have been released to NWDA by the NABARD as per sanction issued by the MoWR,RD&GR and the same have been disbursed to the 9 State Governments of Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Telangana for their respective projects.

1.4 Status on Progress, Funds Earmarked and Tentative Time Limit for

ILR Projects

The implementation of any interlinking project is yet to be taken up. As such no project is in progress or completed. Thus no amount has been allocated/released on the project so far for any river links project.

The Government is pursuing the Interlinking of Rivers program in a consultative manner. The implementation of Inter linking of Rivers projects involves various steps such as preparation of Pre-feasibility Reports (PFRs) / Feasibility Reports (FRs) of links, negotiation and consensus among concerned states, agreement with neighboring countries if link involves area lying in those countries, preparation of DPRs of the projects, clearance from appraisal agencies which includes clearance by Ministry of Environment & Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), techno-economic clearance by Technical Advisory Committee of Ministry of Water Resources,RD &GR, investment clearance and the time required for the completion of the project as per the DPR.

The time limit for the completion of individual link project can be identified only after the requisite statutory clearances are obtained and Detailed Project Reports are techno-economically approved. Thus, the implementation of the projects will take varying periods of time.