Wildlife panel clears first phase of Ken-Betwa project

  1. India’s first inter-State river interlinking project was given = by the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL)

  2. This would be the first time that a river project will be located within a tiger reserve.

  3. The Ken Betwa project is divided into two phases and these clearances are only valid for the 1st phase.

  4. The main feature of the project is a 230-km long canal and a series of barrages and dams connecting the Ken and Betwa rivers that will irrigate 3.5 lakh hectares in Madhya Pradesh and 14,000 hectares of Uttar Pradesh, in Bundelkhand.

  5. The key projects are the Makodia and Dhaudhan dams, the latter expected to be 77 m high and responsible for submerging 5,803 hectares of tiger habitat in the Panna tiger reserve.

  6. The Rs. 10,000-crore Ken-Betwa project will irrigate the drought-prone Bundelkhand region but, in the process, also submerge about 10 per cent of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, feted as a model tiger-conservation reserve.

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