The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has given its much-awaited clearance to the Ken-Betwa inter-linking of rivers (ILR) project which will benefit Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in terms of meeting irrigation, drinking water and electricity needs of people across six districts in the two states.
“Last hurdle of the Ken-Betwa river linking project is over. The wildlife board has cleared the project. Construction work will start after deciding its funding pattern”, said Union water resources minister Uma Bharti on Monday.
Since the project requires diversion of forest land of Panna Tiger Reserve, it was required a clearance by the Wildlife Board.
The clearance has finally come with certain conditions which include integration of nearby sanctuaries including Rani Durgavati and Ranipur with the Panna Tiger Reserve to compensate loss of tiger habitat and complete ban of fresh mining lease in the area. The Board also wants the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to take care of the landscape plan for the area with the help of state forest department and Wildlife Institute of India (WII). Read More…