Report of Task Force on the Mahanadi Godavari link

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Report of Task Force on the Mahanadi Godavari link

The task force on Interlinking of Rivers has approved the Mahanadi Godavari Link on February 25, 2021. Approval was given to the preparation of final detailed project report on proposed Mahanadi – Godavari link.

Key Points:

  • The linking project was approved by ensuring the utilization of allocated Godavari waters by the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
  • In the meeting, three proposals were discussed and put forward by the task force chairman, Sriram Vedire.
  • The draft detailed project report was prepared on Godavari-Cauvery link the National Water Development Authority (NWDA).

National Water Development Agency (NWDA):

The NWDA was established in July 1982 as an autonomous society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.It works under the Ministry of Irrigation, now called the Ministry of Water Resources.

Its functions are as follows –

  • The agency is involved in carrying out the detailed studies, surveys and investigations with respect to the Peninsular Component of National Perspective for the Water Resources Development.
  • Later its function was modified to include the Himalayan Component of National Perspective for Water Resources Development in the year 1994. The composition of Society and Governing Body was also modified in the year 2003 & 2004 respectively.

Godavari River:

  • Origin: It originates from Trimbakeshwar near Nashik in Maharashtra. This river basin extends over the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, as well as some areas of Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Puducherry. Its total length is about 1465 km.
  • Tributaries: The tributaries of Godavari are Pravara, Poorna, Manjara, Wardha, Pranahita (the combined flow of Wainganga, Penganga, and Wardha), Indravati, Maner and Sabari.

Mahanadi:

  • Origin: Mahanadi is the largest river in the state of Odisha and, the third largest in Peninsular India (after the Godavari and Krishna rivers).This river originates from near Sihawa in the hills of Bastar, in the state of Chhattisgarh.
  • Tributaries : Shivnath, Hasdev, Mand, Ib, Jonk and Tel river are tributaries of Mahanadi.

Source – PIB

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