MP Government approved Narmada-Malwa-Gambhir Link Project
MP government approved the Narmada-Malwa-Gambhir Link Project (NMLP) and sanctioned 2143 crore rupees for the project.
The Madhya Pradesh (MP) Government on 17 June 2014 approved the Narmada-Malwa-Gambhir Link Project (NMGLP). A meeting of Narmada Control Board chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Bhopal approved the implementation of the project.
Also, an amount of 2143 crore rupees was sanctioned for the river linking project of NMGLP.
The project will provide irrigation facility to 158 villages in Indore and Ujjain districts of Madhya Pradesh. It will facilitate irrigation in 50 thousand hectares of land.
Further, under the NMGLP, there is no need for constructing a dam and also there will be no need for resettlement and rehabilitation. Rather, Narmada water will be uplifted to a height of 416 meters.
The Project has been proposed in light of declining of groundwater level and shortage of drinking water in Malwa region. Out of total water availability from the project, 12.5 cusecs of water will be used for irrigation, 1.5 cusecs for drinking and 1 cusec water will be used for industries.
Before this project, Narmada-Kshipra Link Project was successfully implemented at a total cost of 425 crore rupees which is being used to provide water to villages and cities apart from irrigation.
In Ujjain, Gambhir reservoir is the main source of drinking water for citizens.