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Water Science in India Hydrological Obscurantism

The proposal for addressing the twin problems of fl oods and water scarcity by interlinking rivers is based on an outdated and dangerous idea of surplus river basins from which water can be drawn at will. Global experience shows how damaging such plans of large-scale water transfer are to the environment, economy and livelihoods of the people. Such plans have also proved a failure to either prevent fl oods or provide water on a sustainable basis. It is unfortunate that water policy in India remains a prisoner to such obsolete ideas.

Resuscitating a Failed Idea: Notes from Bihar

The idea of a national interlinking of rivers needs to base itself on the past six decades' experience of river and fl ood control measures. A contribution from Bihar shows that not only is the state's "surplus water" tag a bit incorrect, the very structures - dams, canals and embankments - which are proposed to implement the river interlinking project have been a big failure. Then what explains the enthusiasm for this failed idea?

Teesta, Tipaimukh and River Linking: Danger to Bangladesh-India Relations

The Supreme Court's verdict directing the Government of India to implement the interlinking of rivers seems to have overlooked the regional and international implications of what the Indian Court strangely considers "the rivers of the country". Just Bangladesh shares 54 rivers with India. Any unilateral action by India on any of its international rivers will degrade its relations with its neighbours while also adversely affecting its ecology, economy and society.
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