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Centre prepares draft DPR for linking Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri rivers

As per the draft DPR, around 247 TMC water can be diverted from Godavari river to Nagarjunsagar dam

Central government, Rivers, Godavari river, Krishna river, Kaveri river, Godavari (Inchampalli/Janampet)-Krishna (Nagarjunasagar), Krishna (Nagarjunasagar)-Pennar (Somasila), Pennar (Somasila)-Kaveri (Grand Anicut), Nagarjunsagar dam, Kaveri basins, National Water Development Agency, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu

The Central government has prepared the draft detailed project report (DPR) for linking three rivers – Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri.

The project includes three links -- Godavari (Inchampalli/Janampet)-Krishna (Nagarjunasagar), Krishna (Nagarjunasagar)-Pennar (Somasila) and Pennar (Somasila)-Kaveri (Grand Anicut). As per the draft DPR, around 247 TMC water can be diverted from Godavari river to Nagarjunsagar dam through lifting and further south for meeting the demands of Krishna, Pennar and Kaveri basins.

The cost of the project has been pegged at Rs 60,361 crore at FY19 price level by the National Water Development Agency (NWDA).

The stage of implementation of a project will be finalised only after the final DPR is prepared. This will be done with consensus of the concerned states and only after the requisite statutory clearances are obtained.

The pooling of resources will be decided after completion of the final DPR. The Godavari-Kaveri river linking project will resolve water disputes of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The project will make use of 1,100 TMC ft water of Godavari river.

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