India seeks help from Nepal to revive Yamuna river
In its first trans-country river linking project, the Indian government is looking Nepal to bring surplus water from the Sharda river.
Largest Democracy in the world is seeking a lifeline for the Yamuna river all the way from Nepal. In its first trans-country river linking project, the Indian government is looking Nepal to bring surplus water from the Sharda river on the border with Nepal to the Yamuna near Delhi.
It is part of the Indian Prime Minister's ambitious plan of linking 31 rivers and divert their water to arid areas. The proposal is ready and also cleared by the committee, the request has been sent to Ministry of external affairs of Nepal, says secretary of water resources, UP Singh.
The proposed project aims to divert water from Sharda to the Yamuna through Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh which will give a new life to Yamuna river and will ensure uninterrupted water flow in the capital city, Delhi.
This will also benefit Haryana, Rajasthan, and Punjab. The Project was designed by Narendra Modi with Sushil Koirala, then Prime Minister of Nepal in 2014.
The 31 river linking project, Inter river Links (IRLs) has two components Himalayan component which carries linkage of 15 rivers and Peninsular component involves 16 rivers in the Southern part of India.
The IRLs project will have the potential to irrigate 35 million hectares of land and will also generate 34,000 MW of hydropower.