River-linking project may affect Panna reserve
STAFF WRITER 8:34 HRS IST
New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) Casting shadow over the fate of the upcoming Ken-Betwa river link between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that it would have bearing on the Panna Tiger Reserve.
“I was shocked to find that Panna Tiger Reserve is involved in the Ken-Betwa river link which is the only project (on inter-linking river) that has progressed so far,” Ramesh said recently.
Ken-Betwa link will transfer excess water from Ken to Betwa through a 231-km canal. Only 18 km of the canal would be in Uttar Pradesh.
The critical observation by the minister has come close on the heels of the ministry’s rejection of coal mining proposals from Adani Power Ltd and Maharashtra Coal Company as they were adjacent to Tadoba Tiger Reserve in the state.