Bhopal, December 13 A few days after the Union Cabinet gave the green light for the interconnection of two rivers – Ken and Betwa, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, described it as the first step towards realizing the vision of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. campaign ”to simultaneously fight drought and flooding.
Chouhan said the development will change the plight of lakhs of farmers and about 12 lakhs of hectares in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh will benefit.
“This project will become Bundelkhand’s lifeline. With this, 8.11 lakh hectares of non-irrigated area will benefit from irrigation in nine districts as well as the Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh,” he added.
On December 8, the Union Cabinet approved the interconnection of the Ken-Betwa Rivers and estimated the total cost at Rs 44,605 crore for the project, which will be completed in eight years.
According to the project, it will produce 103 MW of hydropower and 27 MW of solar energy. This involves the transfer of water from the Ken River to the Betwa River through the construction of the Daudhan Dam and a canal connecting the two rivers, the Lower Orr Project, the Kotha Dam and the Bina Complex Multi-Purpose Project.
“Bundelkhand’s land is very fertile, which has suffered from drought due to lack of water. This water will change the fate and the image of the inhabitants of Bundelkhand. The project will prove to be a source of life for the people of Bundelkhand running around to fetch water during the summer, ”said Chouhan before leaving for Varanasi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will assess the work of development carried out in BJP-led states.
The Ken and Betwa rivers both originate from Madhya Pradesh. The Ken River originates in the Kaimur Hills of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and after traveling a distance of 427 km, joins the Yamuna River in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh. The Betwa also originates from the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh and covers a distance of 576 km and joins the Yamuna in the Hamirpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
The first of this type of project is expected to benefit several districts located in both Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. No less than nine MP districts such as Raisen, Vidisha, Sagar, Damoh, Chhatarpur, Panna, Tikamgarh, Shivpuri and Datia as well as Banda, Mahoba, Jhansi and Lalitpur districts of UP will benefit from drinking water in addition irrigation.
The decision to interconnect came as the campaign for the UP Assembly elections is in full swing, with MP Assembly votes slated for 2023.
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