14 July:National Water Development Agency (NWDA) has requested all the States/Union Territories to inform the details of Intra-State river links for further studies by NWDA.
Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Orissa, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Kerala, Punjab, Delhi, Union Territories of Puducherry , Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Daman and Diu, responded . Governments of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Kerala , Punjab, Delhi and the Union Territories of Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Daman & Diu have indicated that there is no intra-state link proposal concerning to their states/territories. The Puducherry Government has sent the proposal for one inter-state link namely Penniyar-Sankarbarni link instead of intra-state link proposal, which is under examination in NWDA.
NWDA and Government of Jharkhand in a meeting discussed three intra-state link proposals viz. Sankh to South Koel, Souoth-Koel to Subranrekha and Damodar-Barker links. NWDA agreed to take up the requisite preliminary water balance studies for Damanganga-Sabarmati-Chorwad intra-state link proposed by Government of Gujarat which has been carried out by finalizing the hydrology for DPR of Par –Tapi-Narmada and Damanganage-Pinjar links with updated hydrological data.
NWDA and Government of Maharashtra in a meeting indicated their priority among the intra-state links proposed by them and NWDA may take up studies accordingly. Government of Maharashtra prioritized two link proposals namely Waingangaq-Manjra Valley and upper Krishna-Bhima (system of 6 links out of 15) and NWDA initiate activates for preparations of Pre-Feasibility Reports (PFRs)
Government of Orissa proposed two intra-state links namely Mahanadi-Brahamani and Vansdhara-Rishikulya projects. NWDA initiated action for preparation for PFRs of these intra-state link proposals.
Government of Tamil Nadu requested NWDA to study one or two intra-state link proposals in Tamil Nadu and they discussed in a meeting that three intra-state link proposals in Tamil Nadu are being firmed up.
Government of Bihar in a meeting with NWDA informed that they have commenced the work of preparation of DPR of Intra-State links of the river basins of the state on priority. It requested NWDA to prepare DPRs of six intra-state link proposals namely transfer of Kosi basin water to Mahananda basin through Kosi-Mechi link canal, transfer of Sone basin water through Sone-Koel link canal and transfer of Ganga water through Barh-Nawada Pump canal scheme to Punpun-Harohar-Kiul basin with multipurpose of these basins, Kohera-Chandrawat link, Burhi-Gandak-None-Baya-Ganga link, Bagmati-Burhi Gandak through Belwadhar and Kosi-Ganga link. NWDA will prepare pre-feasibility/feasibility reports of the intra-state links as may be proposed by the State.