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Ken-Betwa Link Project (KBLP)

Ken-Betwa Link Project (KBLP)

  •  A memorandum of agreement  signed between Union Minister of Jal Shakti and the chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to implement the Ken-Betwa Link Project (KBLP) on the occasion of World Water Day (22 March) .
  • The agreement was signed through a video conference in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

About the Ken Betwa Link Project

  • The Ken Betwa Link Project is the first project of the National Perspective Plan for interlinking of rivers. Under this project, water from the Ken river will be transferred to Betwa River.
  • The Ken-Betwa Link Project will be finished in two phases. In its first phase, work on Daudhan dam complex and its low and high level tunnels, link canal to connect Ken and Betwa and power houses will be completed. Its next phase will witness the construction of Lower Orr dam, Bina complex project and Kotha barrage.

Benefits of KBLP Project

  • The KBLP project is expected to provide annual irrigation of 10.62 lakh hectares, 62 lakh people will get drinking water supply and it will also generate 103 MW of hydropower, according to the Union Jal Shakti Ministry.
  • The Project will be of immense benefit to the water-starved region of Bundelkhand, spread across Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, specifically to the districts of Panna, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Sagar, Damoh, Datia, Vidisha, Shivpuri and Raisen of Madhya Pradesh and Banda, Mahoba, Jhansi and Lalitpur of Uttar Pradesh.

The success of Ken-Betwa link project is expected to show way for similar river interlinking projects and ensure that scarcity of water does not become an inhibitor for development in the country.

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