River Interlinking

Ken-Betwa project hangs on forest nod I

  1. What: The Rs. 9,000-crore Ken-Betwa river-interlinking project, which will partly submerge the Panna tiger reserve
  2. It has been delayed after a key Environment Ministry body tasked with giving it forest clearance has deferred it at least until January
  3. Core forest: The project will submerge 6,221 hectares of land— 4,141 hectares of it is core forest inside the reserve
  4. The Forest Advisory Committee’s clearance is required for this diversion of forest land
  5. Depending on whether a project takes over land in wildlife sanctuaries or notified forest land, it requires separate wildlife, forest and environment clearances

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