Centre working on exclusive body for river-linking projects

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News:The Central government is working on the establishment of National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA).

Facts:

Functions of NIRA

  • It will take up both interState and intraState river interlinking projects. 
  • It will also make arrangements for generating up funds, internally and externally.

Additional Information:

National River Linking Project (NRLP):

  • The National River Linking Project (NRLP) formally known as the National Perspective Plan, aims to link Indian rivers by a network of  reservoirs and canals.
  • The main objective is to transfer water from water ‘surplus’ basins where there is flooding to water ‘deficit’ basins where there is drought/scarcity.
  • It was prepared by the then Ministry of Irrigation in August 1980.
  • The NRLP is managed by National Water Development Agency (NWDA), under the Ministry of Jal Shakti
  • It proposes to 30 links to connect 37 rivers across India. It has two components:
    • Himalayan Rivers Development Component:  under it, 14 links have been identified.
    • Peninsular Rivers Development Component or the Southern Water Grid: It includes 16 links that propose to connect the rivers of South India.
  • Four priority links under Peninsular Rivers Component have been identified:
    •  Ken-Betwa link project:
    • Damanganga-Pinjal link project,
    • Par-Tapi-Narmada link project
    • Mahanadi Godavari link project