Current Affairs


  1. 1. Rs. 9,000-crore Ken-Betwa river-interlinking project, which will partly submerge the Panna tiger reserve, may be delayed after a key Environment Ministry body tasked with giving it forest clearance has deferred it at least until January.
  2. 2. Project will submerge 6,221 hectares of land & 4,141 hectares of it is core forest inside reserve.
  3. 3. Forest Advisory Committee’s clearance is required for diversion of forest land.
  4. 4. Depending on whether project takes over land in wildlife sanctuaries or notified forest land, it requires separate wildlife, forest and environment clearances.
  5. 5. The main feature of the project is a 230-km canal and a series of barrages and dams connecting the Ken and the Betwa to irrigate 3.5 lakh hectares in Madhya Pradesh and 14,000 hectares in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.
  6. 6. The key components are the Makodia and the Dhaudhan dams, the latter expected to be 77 metres high, which will submerge 5,803 hectares of tiger habitat in the tiger reserve.
  7. 7. Chhatarpur, Panna, Tikamgarh, Raisen, and Vidisha districts of Madhya Pradesh and Mahoba, Jhansi and Banda districts of Uttar Pradesh will benefit from irrigation, domestic and industrial water supply and power generation, says a project report of the Water Ministry.
  8. 8. On the other hand, 6,388 people will be affected as water from the Daudhan reservoir will submerge 10 villages and 13,499 in 28 villages will be affected by submergence caused by the Makodia reservoir. They will have to be resettled.
  9. 9. The Ken-Betwa project is the template for the Union government’s stated plan to transfer water across river basins.