Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti on Tuesday underlined the need for deciding the definition of ‘Surplus water’ of rivers. In a meeting for ‘Inter-Linking of Rivers’, Bharti said that this issue has to be sorted out in consultations with the states. She said “till this issue is decided the dispute about surplus water will continue to crop up time and again”. The Minister said, for this we will require a detailed study of country’s agricultural land including irrigated land, non irrigated land, agricultural produce and their market. The Union Minister said her Ministry will take a final decision on this issue after detailed deliberation with the states.
Stressing the need for speedy implementation of inter linking of river projects, the Water Resources Minister said “I hope that National Water Devlopment Agency will work with more vigour and will complete the delayed inter linking projects in a time bound manner.”
Addressing the meeting, the Water Resources Minister of Bihar Rajiv Ranjan Singh raised the issue of flood in the rivers flowing into Bihar form Nepal. He said keeping this in view the issue of inter linking of rivers in the state should be taken up on priority. He also suggested that the projects with the potential to irrigate more than two lak hect. of land should be declared as National Project. The Water Resources Minister of Uttar Pradesh Surendra Singh Patel argued for starting the work on Ken-Betwa link at the earliest. He wanted to know the total cost of the project and his state’s in share in the same.