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21th

2016

Ken-Betwa river link gets wildlife nod: -


The Ken-Betwa inter-linking of rivers has got nod from the standing committee of the National Board of Wildlife. The panel headed by the Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave has agreed to submerge more than 100 square kilometres of one of country's prime tiger habitat, the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh for the project that NDA government had put its weight behind. In a meeting held on August 23, the standing committee, chaired by Dave cleared the project after some deliberations. Business Standard reviewed the minutes of the meeting, which are yet to be made public. Dave, immediately upon taking charge as the Union environment minister, and well before the project had got mandatory clearances, had repeatedly said that India should go ahead with at least one inter-linking of river project to assess its consequences. Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti too had threatened to go on hunger strike if the project didn't soon get a nod. Projects that specificall



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