Saturday, May 26, 2007

Inter-linking of rivers in India is a bad idea

I think inter-linking of rivers in India is a bad idea.
Whenever any friend of mine sounds impressed with this grandiose idea, I have felt frustrated and disturbed. We tend to overlook smaller more effective solutions and go for more romantic and glamorous 'solutions'. So I had been hunting around to gather information on this and make a case of it to people who want to understand what the pros and cons of this effort are. Following are a few links which spell out the danger of going ahead with this plan which does not have enough scientific evidence or prior experience to back it.


The Interlinking of Indian Rivers

Some Questions on the Scientific, Economic and Environmental Dimensions of the Proposal

Paper presented at Seminar on Interlinking Indian Rivers: Bane or Boon?
at IISWBM, Kolkata
17 June 2002

The conclusion of the above goes thus: "At the end of the above review and analysis made on the basis of whatever open information is available on the project for interlinking the rivers in India, there appears a great inconsistency in the declared claims of the project, and their feasibility"


This link, by Shailendra Nath Ghosh, talks about what is wrong with the concept, and what questions need to be answered, to make a proper assessment of this project

More articles and opinions. Quite insightful.

Bangladesh's views on India's inter-linking of rivers (They too oppose this)

Narmada Bachao Aandolan's views in "Dams, Rivers and People": This talks about rehabilitation failures and need for local management and conservation than an imposed, top down solution. They may appear biased because of their image in the press but they are people who have seen and fought unselfishly for rehabilitation of displaced people.

"The proposal is even more dangerous as attempting to link up veins of different persons without trying to find out the blood groups of the individuals. He said consequences will be disastrous." from National Citizens’ Meeting in Delhi concludes: River Link Proposals ill conceived, not in national Interest

More:
ILR in Supreme Court

Bahuguna opposes interlinking of rivers

I have not included any links which talk about the environmental aspects of this inter-linking. While the impact will be enormously destructive, talking about it seems to turn off people because they cannot see how economic growth and environmental conservation can co-exist. (May these lesser mortals exit soon)

So next time you hear of the inter-linking of rivers , doubt it, question it and take the side of what then comes out as true and right.

2 comments:

Diganta said...

http://horizonspeaks.wordpress.com/2006/04/23/beyond-farakka-need-for-permanent-water-treaty-involving-saarc/
Read my one ...

chittoor.S.Murugeshan said...

All the mail ids of the Present MPs are bogus?

Sir, I strongly allege that all the mail ids of the present MPs are bogus/null and void. Why because I had personally derived the ids from the Govt of ..:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />india portal and sent mail to every body. But no mail was properly delivered. Every mail was returned

Herewith I am submitting few lines for clearing you why I had tried to mail the MPs.

Sir I had drafted a fine plan to solve all the problems of India. I had named it as operation India 2000. In 11th of June 1998 itself I had sent 200 printed copies of the plan to the Loksabha speaker and requested him to arrange for the distribution of the same to MPs.

In beginning they hadn't responded on the receipt of the parcel. After the initiation taken by our MP Sri.N.Ramakrishna Reddy
Denied the receipt of the plan. I had sent them the proof of delivery. Then they wrote me that they couldn't trace the parcel in their office. They had requested me to send a fresh copy and they would make many copies and disburse them to the MPs. I had sent on the same day. But they hadn't done it even on this day.

I had communicated this plan to our cms office also. (From November of 97). But no response in spite of 1000s of reminders. According to the information act I had approached the District Information officer, Stae information officer with in the prescribed gape. But there was no information. Recently on 10th of July I had approached the information commission. It may pronounce its judgment with in days.

It is for ur kind information. Kindly publish/telecast the facts .If u want more details and evidences visit my sites: http//:www.geocities.com..ambapaluku

The main points of above said plan.
1. Implementing presidential form of govt.
2. Appointing a special army with 10 core unemployed youth.
3. Handing over the project of linking Indian rivers to them.
4. Abolishing present currency and introducing new one.
5. Undertaking all the agricultural lands after paying compensation in shape of bonds payable in double after five years.
6. Implementing co-operative farming.
1. Implementing presidential form of govt.
By this chief executive of the country will behaving power to implement the next coming points. There will be stability.
2. Appointing a special army with 10 cores unemployed youth.
By this all the unemployed will be given chance to contribute to the national income and have a share(precipitate income)
3. Handing over the project of linking Indian rivers to them.
The north part of the nation is suffering with floods and south part of the nation is suffering with drought. Linking all Indian rivers is the only solution. Anyhow the Indian economy is depended on agriculture. Irrigation is a fundamental need for successful agriculture.
If this project is handed to any pvt construction company it will take minimum 100 years. If it is handed to the special military formed with the 10crore unemployed youth it can be completed with in 5years.
4. Abolishing present currency and introducing new one
The black money prevailing in the Indian market is the only cause for hike in prices, falling govts etc. there is no other measure to root out the black money.
5. Undertaking all the agricultural lands after paying compensation in shape of bonds payable in double after five years.
Factors of productions are four. Land,labour,capital,and organization. In India there are two classes one is ruling and another is ruled. The 3factors of production ( land, capital and organization are in the hands of ruled class. only the labor is in the hands of ruled class. In this condition at least the land can be plucked by the govt from the hands of ruling class. To avoid violence the govt can give proper compensation. As there is no source it can give it in shape of Bond payable after 5 years.

6. Implementing co-operative farming
.By this the returns from the lands will go to the members and every member will work hard for the good result. Large scale production will be possible.
My trails to communicate this to the Indian govt:
On 11-6-98 I had sent 200 copies of the plan to the loksabha speaker and requested to distribute the MPs.First they denied the receipt then asked for fresh copy. I had sent but in vain. Finally I had sentRs.50/- through a postal order towards postage to return the plan copies. It was delivered. But still the plan copies are pending in the office of the speaker, Loksabha.
Bitter experience with the office of the CM of Andhra Pradesh:
From November of 1997 I am sending the copies of my plan. On 22nd of April 2002 I had sent mo for Rs.10towards postage to respond on my plan. It was delivered. I had complained to the CLP leader DR.YS (he is the present cm).
I think he had influenced the pahee. On 3rd ofAugest 2002 the Deputy Secretary to cm had sent me a note to send my proposals to place the same before thecm. I had sent. But no response in spite of many reminders. I had field a petition before the district consumer's forum in chittoor. By knowing this through dailies the deputy secretary of cm had wrote me and promised for the appropriate usage of my plan. When my mo was delivered and cm office hadn't responded I had wrote to the clip leader (Present cm) the office of the clip leader had responded in favour.Even though the regime of chandrababu was over the same officials are continuing in pahee. They are plan fully doing their best to hide my letters from the eyes of the cm.
Hunger strike for 10 days:
Only to communicate the problem to the cm I had sat on hunger strike from 2nd of October 2004. Media had covered well the issue. Revenue report gone. Police report gone. Intelligence report gone .The sp had conveyed regrets on the negligence of the cm pasheeand promised me that he will take this to the noticeof the cm. But invain. Responding to my emails the cmpashee sent a mail and instructed me to contact thecollector. I had contacted. But in spite of manyreminders there was no response.
Padhayathra to the capital:
Due to this I had announced a padhayathra to thestatecapital to meet the cm on 8th of april 2005.. Butthe leaders of BC,SC,Vaddara,Madhiga sangams hadrendered unconditional support to my plan operationIndia 2000 and requested me to go by bus if I do sothey will also accompany me. So that I had dropped and planning for a bus yathra to the state capital. Ifmy plan comes out. India will be prosperous and willcome out from the worldwide trap of USA.
Complained to the State Information commission on 10th of Julu2006:
I had complained to the state information commission.(as the district and state information officers hadnt responded with in the prescribed intervel). Even The central information commission had told that as the jusrisdictions of boath state and central information commissions are same it cant do any thing.

Now I am to appeal for the free legal aid of supreme court