Ken-Betwa River Linking Project gets crucial clearance
NEW DELHI: The path has been cleared for commencing work on the ambitious Ken-Betwa river linking project spread over two States -Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh with the Environment Appraisal Committee of the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Global Warming giving its approval for this river linking project-the first in the country-on December 30, 2016 and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs also approving the tribal clearance of the project yesterday (January 2, 2017).
Ken – Betwa Link Project
Ken-Betwa link project has been declared as National Project by the Government of India.
Minister for Water Resources, RD & GR has reviewed the functioning of Ministry of Water Resources, RD & GR various offices in Madhya Pradesh on 1 September, 2014 in which status of Ken – Betwa link was reviewed in presence of the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister.
Terms of Reference (TOR) for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study for the environmental clearance of the Project has been got approved from Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change on September 15, 2014.
Secretary, WR,RD&GR held a meeting with Principal Secretaries of Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh and officials of MoEF&CC to discuss the issues of Ken – Betwa link project on 21st August, 2014 at New Delhi in which benefits and submergence and report of National Tiger Conservation Authority of the project envisaged for States of Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh were discussed. Composition of the Proposed Special Purpose Vehicle for implementation of Ken – Betwa link was also discussed.
The Public hearings for the Ken – Betwa link project were held on 24.12.2014 and 27.12.2014
Detailed proceedings and documents of the public hearing under Phase – I of Ken – Betwa link were submitted to Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change by Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board in April, 2015.
Revised Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report was submitted to the Union Minister of Environment & Forest and C.C. in July, 2015.
Ken-Betwa link project phase-I was considered by Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of MoEF & CC for environmental clearance im its 86th, 88th & 91st meeting held on 24 August 2015, 26 October, 2015 and 8 February 2016 in New Delhi.
The wildlife clearance of Ken-Betwa Link Project, Phase-I has been cleared and recommended by the State Wildlife Board of Madhya Pradesh in its meeting held on 22 September, 2015 under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh. The proposal was submitted to MoEF&CC by PCCF (wildlife), MP vide letter dated 14 December 2015, for consideration by NBWL. The matter was under discussion in the meeting of NBWL held on 26 February 2016.
The FRA certificates for diversion of forest land in respect of Chhattarpur and Panna Districts have also been submitted. The technical approval of Catchment Area Treatment (CAT) Plan from Chief Conservator of Forests Chhattarpur, Sagar, Damoh have been received. All required details/documents have been submitted to the Forest Department, MP and uploaded on MOEF & CC web site. The Forest Department, MP is processing the case of forest land diversion clearance.
The DPR of the link Project was completed and submitted to Government of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh on 17 January 2014.
Application of forest clearance of Lower Orr dam under Ken-Betwa Link Project Phase-II was submitted online to MoEF & CC on 2 October 2014.
Approval of CAT plan from CCF, Shivpuri and Ashok Nagar, MP was received and has been uploaded on website of MoEF & CC.
The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report of Lower Orr dam under Ken-Betwa Phase-II as per approved ToR of MoEF& CC has been completed. The public hearing of Lower Orr dam has been conducted at 3 places. i.e. (i) Village Didauni district Shivpuri on 17 September 2015 (ii) Village Piprod, district Ashok Nagar on 18 September 2015 and (iii) Village Nauner, District Datia on 19 September 2015.
The Forest Department, MP is processing the case of forest land diversion clearance. NWDA is pursuing the matter with the concerned officials in this regard.
The issue of environmental clearances of Lower Orr dam was considered by EAC in its 91st meeting held on 8 February 2016 and during this meeting it was decided to issue the environmental clearances of the project.
The concerned Collector and District Forest Officer (DFO) of Ashok Nagar and Shivpuri has submitted the Form-I after completing their parts to APCCF (Land Management), Bhopal for further processing the case.