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gilgamesh
26 Aug 06,, 16:43
Are benefits worth the drawbacks accruing from this proposed project?


http://www.hindu.com/2006/08/22/stories/2006082220120100.htm

River linking can prevent floods as well as drought, says Kalam

Staff Correspondent

President dedicates Upper Krishna Project to the nation





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The delay has cost the nation Rs. 33,000 crore: President
Kumaraswamy urges Centre to announce a water policy
Yediyurappa appeals to President to get permission for raising the height of the dam
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A MONUMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam offers bagina to the Krishna at the Alamatti Dam, which he dedicated to the nation on Monday.


ALAMATTI (BIJAPUR DISTRICT): While voicing concern over the loss of life and property in floods, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Monday emphasised the need to have better water management that can make the country stronger.

Dr. Kalam said interlinking of rivers could minimise flood havoc and provide water to drought prone regions. The country was utilising very little quantity of water from the available 4,000 billion cubic metres. The country's food and water requirement had been growing because of the fast growing population. Only planned and better water management meet the challenge.

The President was addressing a gathering here after dedicating to the nation the Upper Krishna Project (UKP), including dam components of Alamatti and Narayanpur.

Bagina offered


Dr. Kalam, who was an hour behind schedule, drove straight to Alamatti Dam along with Governor T.N. Chaturvedi, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and Water Resources Minister K.S. Eshwarappa and offered "bagina" to the reservoir from the platform. Later at the function venue he pressed the remote button to unveil the dedication stone.

While recognising the immense irrigation potential of the UKP, the President praised the Government for ensuring rehabilitation of displaced families in a better way. Dr. Kalam was unhappy with the unusual delay of the UKP that was formally started in 1964. He said had the project been accomplished in time, the gain would have been immense. The nation lost a whopping Rs. 25,000 crore with regard to irrigation and another Rs. 8,000 crore in terms of power generation due to the inordinate delay, he said.

A fillip to the project


Mr. Kumaraswamy, in his keynote address, said the UKP received a fillip only after the formation of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. in 1994. Of Rs. 8,743 crore spent so far, the contribution from the nigam stood at Rs. 7,880 crore. Of the 6.22 lakh hectares target (under UKP), the irrigation potential of 5.42 lakh hectares had been created, and the rest would be completed by March 2007, he said.

The Chief Minister said inter-State water disputes had been creating hurdles in expediting projects and urged the Centre to come out with a comprehensive water policy.

The Chief Minister said: "Water issues, of late, have become a cause for ugly political games. It is time to rise above politics and work for the benefit of the people.

"There is an urgent need today for better water management strategies, including policies of river water sharing between neighbouring States.''

Stating that the coalition government in the State was according priority to irrigation, he said the Government had provided Rs. 2,972 crore for completing 39 long-pending major irrigation projects.

Compared to the previous Government, the present dispensation had earmarked 44 per cent more funds for irrigation projects in the Krishna and Cauvery basins, he said.

Referring to the State's plan to raise the height of the Alamatti Dam to 524.25 metres, Mr. Yediyurappa appealed to the President to help in getting the Centre's permission.

He accused the Centre of bias against the State with regard to flood relief. The State had asked for Rs. 1,500 crore to take up flood and drought relief work but the Centre did not release even a rupee while being liberal to other States. The President should intervene in the matter, he added.

The former Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh was present.

Officer of Engineers
26 Aug 06,, 18:12
Only one problem.

Rivers have a way of going back to their original course

Ray
26 Aug 06,, 20:38
I am not too keen to fiddle with Nature!

SLASH
27 Aug 06,, 11:07
I am not too keen to fiddle with Nature!

Sir,I would rather let the government 'fiddle with nature' than see our poor farmers commiting suicide because of drought and floods.

gilgamesh
27 Aug 06,, 14:04
Sir,I would rather let the government 'fiddle with nature' than see our poor farmers commiting suicide because of drought and floods.

...for a project that will take decades, cost billions, spread Ganga's pollution to other rivers, destroy vast swathes of land, displace millions, engineering snafus....

Akshay
27 Aug 06,, 14:15
...for a project that will take decades, cost billions, spread Ganga's pollution to other rivers, destroy vast swathes of land, displace millions, engineering snafus....

Its a price one has to pay for the civilization & development.

SLASH
27 Aug 06,, 14:40
...for a project that will take decades

Such projects are done in different phases.Decades is exagerrated by you.We expected the golden quadrilateral to take decades but it was comppleted on time.

cost billions
We spend billions on floods and drought relief every year.This project is worth the money.It will help agriculture and well as Industries therefore returns will be even better. Just cross check the industrial loss during the recent Gujrat floods. If I can recall correctly in was more than Rs.25,000 crore.


spread Ganga's pollution to other rivers
Even than people take a dip in that river.Pollution in Ganga is not a problem.Set up a hundred distillers to clean the water if it bothers you so much.

destroy vast swathes of land, displace millions
Even Narmada Sarovar was clouded by the same problems,but it was necessary and it helped Gujrat immensely .so much so that if you talk anything against the project on the streets of Vadodra you might get an ugly beating(Trust me on that ;) ). Those fields gets washed away anyways during floods not to mention the loss of human lives.


engineering snafus....

They are in any and every project .Good bye to the Super power dreams if we are going to shy away from such problems.

Akshay
27 Aug 06,, 14:52
engineering snafus....

It shouldn't be a problem. Structural engineering is probably the oldest engineering discipline dating nearly 2000 BC. It along with Mechanical engineering has evolved as most foolproof discipline. If still there are problems in the implementation then thats BAD PLANNING. But,if we can pay billions of dollars for Bug-ridden Microsoft products then why not spend money which would help hundreds of millions. Ofcourse, the environmental issues need to be identified before that.

SLASH
27 Aug 06,, 18:22
It shouldn't be a problem. Structural engineering is probably the oldest engineering discipline dating nearly 2000 BC. It along with Mechanical engineering has evolved as most foolproof discipline. If still there are problems in the implementation then thats BAD PLANNING. But,if we can pay billions of dollars for Bug-ridden Microsoft products then why not spend money which would help hundreds of millions. Ofcourse, the environmental issues need to be identified before that.

Once this project takes off their is no stopping it.The project has been planning for the last 20 years by the top Engineers of our country.

Jay
27 Aug 06,, 21:10
Only one problem.

Rivers have a way of going back to their original course
Colonel,
They are not taming the entire river. They basically build canals and divert the excess water that overflows in the sea to other parts of India. Think them like a mesh of irrigation canals.

Jay
27 Aug 06,, 21:14
BTW the oldest known irrigation structure is still standing in Tamil nadu, India.
Kallanai was built for the same exact reason by Karikalan at 2 AD, divert Cauvery to the now fertile Tanjore region.

lemontree
28 Aug 06,, 05:05
The National water grid is a very old concept first propagated by Morarji Desai, he called it the Indian waterways. The system was to serve a double purpose - (i) national irrigation system, and (ii) a cheap transport system to carry bulk goods.

Had we implemented this in even a portion of the country, we could have reaped had immence benifits.