Do we really need interlinking of rivers?

“Interlinking of rivers is a very expensive proposal. It has huge adverse environmental impacts on land, forests, biodiversity, rivers and the livelihood of millions of people. It is a socially disruptive proposition. It will not only add to climate change impact (destruction of forests means the destruction of carbon sinks, and reservoirs in a tropical climate are known sources of methane and carbon dioxide) but will also reduce our capacity to adapt to climate change,” writes Himanshu Thakkar

“The focus of our water resources development should be on how the groundwater lifeline can be sustained. Will Interlinking of rivers help in this? No, since Interlinking of rivers entails a large number of dams that will lead t the destruction of rivers, forests, wetlands and local water bodies, which are major groundwater recharge mechanisms.”

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