Inter Basin Water Transfer Links

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Inter Basin Water Transfer Links

Inter Basin Water Transfer (IBWT) from the surplus rivers to deficit areas.

Inter Basin Water Transfer (IBWT) is the most effective ways to increase the irrigation potential for increasing the food grain production, mitigate floods and droughts and reduce regional imbalance in the availability of water from the surplus rivers to deficit areas.

Inter Basin Water Transfer Links  – Need for the project

The rainfall over the country is primarily orographic, associated with tropical depressions originating in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The summer monsoon accounts for more than 85 per cent of the precipitation.

The uncertainty of occurrence of rainfall marked by prolonged dry spells and fluctuations in seasonal and annual rainfall is a serious problem for the country.

Large parts of Haryana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are not only in deficit in rainfall but also subject to large variations, resulting in frequent droughts and causing immense hardship to the population and enormous loss to the nation.

The water availability even for drinking purposes becomes critical, particularly in the summer months as the rivers dry up and the ground water recedes. Regional variations in the rainfall lead to situations when some parts of the country do not have enough water even for raising a single crop.

On the other hand excess rainfall occurring in some parts of the country create havoc due to floods.

Irrigation using river water and ground water has been the prime factor for raising the food grain production in our country from a mere 50 million tonnes in the 1950s to more than 200 million tonnes at present, leading us to attain self sufficiency in food. Irrigated area has increased from 22 million hectares to 95 million hectares during this period.

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The population of India, which is around 1000 million at present, is expected to increase to 1500 to 1800 million in the year 2050 and that would require about 450 million tonnes of food grains. For meeting this requirement, it would be necessary to increase irrigation potential to 160 million hectares for all crops by 2050.

India’s maximum irrigation potential that could be created through conventional sources has been assessed to be about 140 million hectares. For attaining a potential of 160 million hectares, other strategies shall have to be evolved.

Floods are a recurring feature, particularly in Brahmaputra and Ganga rivers, in which almost 60 per cent of the river flows of our country occur. Flood damages, which were Rs. 52 crores in 1953, have gone up to Rs. 5,846 crores in 1998 with annual average being Rs. 1,343 crores affecting the States of Assam, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh alongwith untold human sufferings.

On the other hand, large areas in the States of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu face recurring droughts. As much as 85 percentage of drought prone area falls in these States.

One of the most effective ways to increase the irrigation potential for increasing the food grain production, mitigate floods and droughts and reduce regional imbalance in the availability of water is the Inter Basin Water Transfer (IBWT) from the surplus rivers to deficit areas.

Brahmaputra and Ganga particularly their northern tributaries, Mahanadi, Godavari and West Flowing Rivers originating from the Western Ghats are found to be surplus in water resources.

If we can build Inter Basin Water Transfer (IBWT) link storage reservoirs on these rivers and connect them to other parts of the country, regional imbalances could be reduced significantly and lot of benefits by way of additional irrigation, domestic and industrial water supply, hydropower generation, navigational facilities etc. would accrue.

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 Inter Basin Water Transfer Links

Sl. No Name Rivers States concerned Status
Peninsular  Component      
1 Mahanadi (Manibhadra) – Godavari (Dowlaiswaram) link Mahanadi  & Godavari Odisha, Maharashtra,  Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, & Chattisgarh FR Completed
2 Godavari (Inchampalli) – Krishna (Pulichintala) link Godavari  &   Krishna -do- FR Completed
3 Godavari (Inchampalli) – Krishna (Nagarjunasagar) link Godavari & Krishna Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Chattisgarh, FR Completed
4 Godavari (Polavaram) – Krishna (Vijayawada) link Godavari & Krishna Odisha, Maharashtra,  Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, & Chattisgarh FR Completed
5 Krishna (Almatti) – Pennar link Krishna  &  Pennar -do- FR Completed
6 Krishna (Srisailam) – Pennar link Krishna  &  Pennar -do- FR Completed
7 Krishna (Nagarjunasagar) – Pennar (Somasila ) link Krishna  &  Pennar Maharashtra,  Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka, FR Completed
8 Pennar (Somasila) – Cauvery (Grand Anicut) link Pennar  & Cauvery Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Puducherry FR Completed
9  Cauvery (Kattalai) – Vaigai -Gundar link Cauvery, Vaigai & Gundar Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Puducherry FR Completed
10 Ken-Betwa link

 

Ken & Betwa Uttar Pradesh  & Madhya Pradesh FR & DPR (Ph-I&II) Completed
11 Parbati -Kalisindh-  Chambal link Parbati, Kalisindh & Chambal Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh (UP  requested to be consulted during consensus building) FR Completed
12 Par-Tapi-Narmada link Par, Tapi & Narmada  Maharashtra & Gujarat FR & DPR Completed
13 Damanganga – Pinjal link Damanganga & Pinjal Maharashtra & Gujarat FR & DPR Completed.
14 Bedti – Varda link Bedti & Varda Maharashtra,  Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka PFR Completed
15 Netravati – Hemavati link Netravati & Hemavati Karnataka, Tamil Nadu &  Kerala PFR Completed
16 Pamba – Achankovil – Vaippar link

 

Pamba, Achankovil & Vaippar Kerala & Tamil Nadu, FR Completed
Himalayan Component      
1. Manas-Sankosh-Tista-Ganga (M-S-T-G) link Manas-Sankosh-Tista-Ganga Assam, West Bengal,  Bihar& Bhutan PFR Completed
2. Kosi-Ghaghra link Kosi & Ghaghra Bihar , Uttar Pradesh & Nepal PFR Completed
3. Gandak-Ganga link Gandak & Ganga -do- Draft FR  completed

(Indian portion)

4. Ghaghra-Yamuna link Ghaghra & Yamuna -do- FR completed (Indian portion)
5. Sarda-Yamuna link Sarda & Yamuna Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand & Nepal FR completed (Indian portion)
6. Yamuna-Rajasthan link Yamuna & Sukri Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana & Rajasthan Draft FR  completed
7. Rajasthan-Sabarmati link Sabarmati -do- Draft FR  completed
8. Chunar-Sone Barrage link Ganga & Sone Bihar & Uttar Pradesh Draft FR  completed
9. Sone Dam – Southern Tributaries of Ganga link Sone & Badua Bihar & Jharkhand PFR Completed
10. Ganga(Farakka)-Damodar-Subernarekha link Ganga, Damodar & Subernarekha West Bengal, Odisha & Jharkhand Draft FR completed
11. Subernarekha-Mahanadi link Subernarekha & Mahanadi West Bengal  & Odisha Draft FR 

Completed

12.

 

Kosi-Mechi link Kosi &Mechi Bihar , West Bengal & Nepal PFR completed Entirely lies in Nepal
13. Ganga (Farakka)-Sunderbans link Ganga & Ichhamati West Bengal Draft FR  completed
14. Jogighopa-Tista-Farakka link (Alternative to M-S-T-G) Manas, Tista & Ganga -do- (Alternative to M-S-T-G Link) dropped
  • PFR- Pre-Feasibility Report
  • FR- Feasibility Report;
  • DPR- Detailed Project Report

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