River Interlinking

River-linking to cost Rs. 5-lakh crore

  1. Govt expects to spend a massive Rs 5,60,000 crore on various river interlinking (ILR) projects
  2. It’s roughly 4% of India’s economy, now valued at Rs 1,35,00,000 crore, and significantly more than what India spends on either scientific research, the social sector or defence
  3. This is only a projection and not timebound as none of these projects are underway and costs could be dramatically revised
  4. The National Water Development Agency: The central agency that plans and prepares cost estimates for such projects
  5. It has so far identified 16 peninsular rivers and 14 Himalayan rivers that could potentially be linked to transfer water
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