ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Interlinking Rivers: Addressing Ecological Concerns

Addressing Ecological Concerns A Correspondent writes: ATask Force has been set up to suggest modalities for implementing the programme on interlinking rivers of India on the basis of the recommendations of the National Perspective Plan for water resources development of the country. It has four objectives: (i) to augment irrigation potential by 35 million hectare (from 140 mha to 175 mha) which would increase the production of food for our growing population; (ii) to fulfil the growing needs of water (the domestic and industrial needs of water is expected to grow steeply by 300 per cent to 400 per cent in the coming decades); (iii) to generate about 34,000 MW of additional power through hydroelectricity to meet the increasing need of energy in the country; and (iv) to facilitate transportation in the country through inland waterways.

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