Yamuna revival through interlinking of Nepal's Sharda River

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to inter-link rivers (ILRs) has a new dimension now, with Nepal's Sharda River.

The project to interlink Sharda, when completed will bring the total number of rivers interlinked to 31. The new link plans to bring surplus water from Sharda on the Indo-Nepal border to the parched Yamuna near Delhi via Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Modi had discussed the feasibility of this link with his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala during his first visit to the Himalayan neighbour as Prime Minister in August.

Nepal is learnt to have agreed to cooperate, in the same way it promised extend its cooperation in the case of other proposed inter-linking of river projects in northern India.

The 31st interlinked river, once implemented, will help the Yamuna to have uninterrupted flow of water between Delhi and Agra and even beyond till the point the river Chambal joins it and gives it a normal flow.

'The Uttarakhand government has agreed for the new proposed project as the link would pass through the state. We need to take consent from Uttar Pradesh as well before moving ahead with the new link', said an official.

He said the cleanliness of the Yamuna and development of the river front in Delhi would largely depend on the success of the proposed link as 'uninterrupted' flow is a prerequisite to keep any river clean.

Since the Modi government has decided not to go ahead with any of the ILRs unless riparian states give their assent, the Union water resources and Ganga rejuvenation minister Uma Bharti has been trying to build consensus while taking up the matter with various states.

Courtesy Niti Central

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