Ganga Godavari Kaveri
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The Ganga Godavari Kaveri (GGK) Linking Plan Can Solve Major Water Woes In India

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A Jalshakti (Water Resources) Ministry advertisement assures us that 19 crore houses will get drinking water from a tap by 2024. But the efforts on ground seem sluggish, and it won’t be surprising if it takes another 30 to 35 years i. e. by 2060 we will be able to provide tap water to all our people. Realistically with some political will power, we can achieve this goal by 2047 when the centenary of our Independence will be celebrated. For that purpose Ganga, Godavari and Kaveri rivers are to be linked.

In 1980 a National Perspective Plan was prepared for linking of GGK rivers by the Ministry of Irrigation. Dr K L Rao, then Irrigation Minister, consulted all the concerned CMs about this ambitious project. An UNDP i.e. United Nations Development Programme team visited India and prepared a feasibility report. The UNDP was ready to sponsor the GGK linking. But Indira Gandhi, then PM was assassinated and nothing is heard about this grand initiative since.

Now the Jalshakti Ministry should come forward to revive the GGK linking plan. The NITI Ayog can prepare an execution coordination programme in consultation with all the concerned States and Union Territories. This should be done on a war footing. The Consultative Committee attached to the Jalshakti Ministry can act as a pressure group to implement this giant multidimensional project.

If we can realise this dream, we will be able to solve the following problems:

1. Recurring floods
2. Drinking water shortage
3. Naval transport
4. Irrigation
5. Hydroelectricity
6. Low Tourism 

Govind Tekale

Embarking on a new journey post-retirement, Govind, once a dedicated teacher, has transformed his enduring passion for current affairs and general knowledge into a conduit for expression through writing. His historical love affair with reading, which borders on addiction, has evolved into a medium to articulate his thoughts and disseminate vital information. Govind pens down his insights on a myriad of crucial topics, including the environment, wildlife, energy, sustainability, and health, weaving through every aspect that is quintessential for both our existence and that of our planet. His writings not only mirror his profound understanding and curiosity but also serve as a valuable resource, offering a deep dive into issues that are critical to our collective future and well-being.

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