India Wants To Divert All Major Rivers' Course For $300B

By: Gaurav Bidasaria, 2016-05-20 04:45:00.0Category:  Developments
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The largest water project in the history of mankind has been approved by the Modi government. Though the idea was not originally theirs, India is looking to interlink major rivers of the country to create 30 new canals and fight drought and climate change.

The concept of changing the course of rivers was first thought of in the year 1850 by the British government but never saw the day of light. Since then the project has received much attention, however never saw the day of light as the ruling governments failed to revive the project, let alone execute it. All this and more is set to change as the BJP government is ready to make history. Modi taking credit for the entire project saying that they have done all the hard work, has announced the $30 billion project that will see 30 new canals across the country. 

The Inter Linking of Rivers (ILR) project is the biggest engineering project in the history of mankind. The idea is to change course of Ganges and Brahmaputra, Asia's largest rivers to divert water to areas that are drought hit. The government is of the opinion that this will help the country prepare for drought and famine as well as fight the side effects of the changing climate in the future.

As with any project, not everyone is happy or satisfied with the initiative getting the green signal from the PM. The first one to cry foul was our neighboring country Bangladesh. Bangladesh is suffering from an acute water shortage and it is also a financially poor country. This is what they had to say:

“We will ask for data pertaining to our fair share of water. Fifty-four of 56 Indian rivers flow through Bangladesh. So efforts to extract water upstream in India or divert river courses will be cause for worry for us,” said State Minister for Water Resources Muhammad Nazrul Islam, as newspapers have launched outraged editorials. “India is giving a lot of importance to its own people hit by drought, but it must not ignore our rights. I don’t expect India to do that either.”

The international battle of the ownership of the river is just getting warm and we believe the government is ready to face more challenges from parties with vested interest in the project. The water ministry in an official statement has assured the neighbors that their need for water will be satisfied and taken care. No specific details on how this will be done was shared though.

Meanwhile we have an interesting image that will help you understand how the great interlinking will work and operate. This way if you please:

Some experts and lawmakers are of the opinion that the project is not ready to be deployed citing incompetencies. Others are saying that the whole project is going to be catastrophic and an epic fail.

The Future

The whole project will take decades to complete and we are afraid that governments keep changing. We are not sure what the future governments of the country will think of and do with the project. Honestly we are not very hopeful because governments are run by people and people tend to have agendas not to mention we are talking about politics here which is a dirty game in and about itself. In either case, this is a positive sign and things are looking hopeful.

via - RT

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