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Linking of rivers - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
Linking of rivers


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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s reached to his Andhra Pradesh and Telangana counterparts to discuss the implementation of the Cauvery-Godavari river interlinking project.

Key data’s:

  • The National Water Development Agency (NWDA) is a Central government organisation entrusted with the task of preparing proposals for linking rivers.
  • NWDAs proposal: As per NWDA’s draft detailed project report (DPR), Tamil Nadu will get 83 thousand million cubic feet (tmc ft) at its border with Andhra Pradesh.
  • The quantum will be 57 tmc ft at the Grand Anicut — a major regulator on the Cauvery.
  • The NWDA’s draft report talks of diverting, through a canal-cum-pipeline, the surplus water of the Godavari, either from the Inchampalli barrage or the Janampet barrage, from where water will be conveyed to the Nagarjuna Sagar on the Krishna and then to the Somasila dam on the Pennar.
  • The proposed alignment will also pass through Swarnamukhi, Araniar, Palar and Pennaiyar rivers before terminating at the Grand Anicut on the Cauvery.
  • Four other States: Karnataka, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are also involved in the river-linking project.

About National Water Development Agency (NWDA):

  • Established year: The Agency was set up in 1982 as a society by registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • Type: It is an autonomous type of body.
  • Responsible Ministry: The NWDA functions under the ‘Ministry of Water resource’.
  • Purpose: It was established to carry out the water balance and other studies on a scientific and realistic basis for optimum utilisation of Water Resources of the Peninsular rivers system.
  • Recently, the functions of NWDA have been further modified and the work of preparation of detailed Project Reports (DPR) of various link proposals and Pre-feasibility Reports.
  • It has been also entrusted to prepare feasibility reports of intra-State links as proposed by the States.

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