India's Prime Minister plans to interlink large rivers to tackle drought

Signal of change / India's Prime Minister plans to interlink large rivers to tackle drought

By Courtnee O'Neill / 30 Nov 2016

Work could soon be underway to link large rivers of the Himalayas and Deccan peninsula via 30 mega-canals and 3000 dams.

The Inter Linking of Rivers Scheme (ILR) will connect 14 rivers in the North, 16 in the West, Central and South to create a network 12,500 kilometres long. The project hopes to reduce issues of droughts and floods whilst opening up 35 million hectares of arable land for agricultural development. Possibilities of obtaining the means to generate 34,000 megawatts of hydropower is also considered to be a benefit of this project.  

However, ecologists have raised concerns over possible ecological disaster and believe the system would threaten the livelihood of wildlife in the areas. The project has also come under scrutiny by claims that it will eventually displace hundreds of thousands of people.

Will this be a future disaster or success? Also how will this system be effected by the unpredictable nature of climate change?

Sources

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2114431-indias-grand-plan-to-create-worlds-longest-river-set-to-go/

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