Will not allow water allocation from Ken-Betwa Link Project affect MP: Shekhawat


MP ready to provide 700 MCM water to Uttar Pradesh from the project- CM 

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal-Union Jalshakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has said that we will not let Madhya Pradesh be affected by the allocation of water from Ken Betwa Link Project. At the same time, the interests of Uttar Pradesh will also be fully protected. He will soon find a final solution in this connection in a joint meeting with the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh has always been caring for the interests of other states, but care will also be taken that the state is not adversely affected. Madhya Pradesh has agreed to provide 700 MCM water to Uttar Pradesh from the Ken-Betwa project. The impasse of the scheme will be resolved soon through negotiations with Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath under the leadership of Union Minister Shekhawat. Chief Minister Chouhan placed Madhya Pradesh firmly in the meeting over water allocation.

Union Jalshakti Minister Shekhawat was holding a meeting today with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and all the senior concerned officials regarding distribution of water from Ken Betwa Link Project. Water Resources Minister Tulsi Silavat, Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Director of National Jaljeevan Mission Bharat Lal, Additional Chief Secretary Water Resources S.N. Mishra etc. were present.

Take out solution in 15 days through mutual talks

A discussion on utilization of water use was held between Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project cum Parvati Kalisindh Chambal Link Project during the meeting. In this connection, Union Minister Shekhawat directed that the two sides should find a solution through regular negotiations in the 15 days from January 15. The DPR of this project has calculated water usage at 50 percent dependence on water for proposed dams and barrages. Madhya Pradesh says that it should be revised on the basis of estimation on 75 percent water dependence.

Madhya Pradesh on Ken-Betwa link project

Allocation of 700 MCM water from the dam to Uttar Pradesh for all purposes including Link Canal on the basis of availability of 6590 MCM water at Daudhan Dam in Madhya Pradesh during non-monsoon has been approved. Accounting of 1700 MCM of water allotted to Uttar Pradesh should be done on Bariyarpur pick-up Weir while including the water supplied to Uttar Pradesh through Link Canal. Madhya Pradesh will remain free to use the remaining 2733 MCM of water.

The side of Uttar pradesh

Under the project, Uttar Pradesh wants 935 MCM of water from the Daudhan Dam from November to May in the non-monsoon period.

Suggestion of National Water Development Agency

The National Water Development Agency has suggested that the project should provide 750 MCM to Uttar Pradesh and 1834 MCM to Madhya Pradesh at Daudhan Dam in non-monsoon season. Water availability at Daudhan Dam has been considered as 6188 MCM by the agency.