SC thumbs up to river-interlinking project

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 28 2012, 08:52am hrs
The river-interlinking project, the brainchild of the NDA government, on Monday, got a nod from the Supreme Court, which directed the Centre to implement the ambitious R5 lakh-crore project in a time-bound manner.

The fate of the project proposing linkages between major rivers by 2016 had remained a virtual non-starter since 2002, when the then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had formed a task force to get the project going against the backdrop of the acute drought that year.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia, which also appointed a high-powered committee under the chairmanship of water resources minister for its planning and implementation, said that the project has already been delayed resulting in an increase in its cost.

Directing the Centre and the concerned state governments to participate for its effective implementation in a time bound manner, the apex court noted that speedy and proper implementation of the project was in national interest and was also necessary for the development of the country.