All innovative ideas get stuck either due to Opposition parties or short-sightedness. Linking of rivers is a creative concept and will help in uniform distribution of water resources. It is true that it will affect biodiversity and upset the current equilibrium. But we should not forget that every cell in this universe carries the potential to adapt itself to new surroundings and re-establishes the equilibrium.
Eminent environmentalists can be roped in to make the unstable transition short and controllable. If the ILR project is implemented effectively, it will lead to the growth of vegetation along the interlinked rivers. Uniform vegetation, in turn, will favour uniform rainfall. We can change the energy intensive project into labour driven project by integrating it with MGNREGS. Those raising a hue and cry against the project should read about the artificial palm islands in Dubai.
Lalit Kumar Bhardwaj,
The article “A river sutra, without links” (March 3) talks about erratic weather conditions which can make a division between deficit and surplus areas a problem. But such conditions occur rarely and even if they occur, dams can be used to control the flow of water. The author has suggested better drainage plan in flood affected areas, so that flood water can drain quickly. But this will only lead to a waste of fresh water, which can be used in water deficit areas.
We have already spent millions of rupees on desalination plants and, with increased demand, will have to spend more on them. The river linking project is perhaps the most ambitious one, as it will not only balance the drought- and flood-prone regions but will also help generate energy.
Keywords: rivers interlinking