National Board for Wildlife approves first phase of Ken-Betwa project
It will irrigate the drought-prone Bundelkhand region but will also submerge about 10 percent of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.
The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) on 20 September 2016 approved 10000 crore rupees Ken-Betwa project, India’s first inter-State river interlinking project.
With this, India will have a river project will be located within a tiger reserve for the first time.
About Ken-Betwa project
• It will irrigate the drought-prone Bundelkhand region but will also submerge about 10 percent of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.
• The main feature of the project is a 230-km long canal and a series of barrages and dams connecting the Ken and Betwa rivers.
• It will irrigate 3.5 lakh hectares in Madhya Pradesh and 14000 hectares of Uttar Pradesh in Bundelkhand.
• The key areas are the Makodia and Dhaudhan dams, the latter expected to be 77 m high and responsible for submerging 5803 hectares of tiger habitat in the Panna tiger reserve.
• Chhatarpur, Panna, Tikamgarh, Raisen, and Vidisha districts of Madhya Pradesh and Mahoba, Jhansi and Banda districts of Uttar Pradesh will benefit from assured irrigation supply, water supply and power.
• On the other hand, about 6388 people in 10 villages will be affected due to the submergence by Daudhan reservoir.
• Around 13499 people living in the 28 villages will be affected due to the submergence by Makodia reservoir and will have to be resettled.
• Seventeen lakh residents of nearby towns and villages in both States will benefit from improved drinking water and irrigation facilities.
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