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The Ken-Betwa river interlinking project will lead to the submergence of a major portion of the core area of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, triggering a major loss of the tiger and its major prey species such as chital and sambar, according to a new study.
What’s the concern?
=> The project may incur an estimated loss of 58.03 square kilometres (10.07 per cent) of critical tiger habitat (CTH) in the reserve.
=> There will be an indirect loss of 105.23 sq km of CTH because of habitat fragmentation and loss of connectivity due to submergence, the study.
=> The total area submerged would be 86.50 sq km, of which 57.21 sq km lies within Panna Tiger Reserve. This will account for 65.50 per cent of total submergence.
=> The area that will be submerged due to the KBRIL Project has a rich floral density and diversity. Ungulates such as sambar, chital, blue bull and wild boar are found here.
The Union Cabinet has approved the funding and implementation of the Ken-Betwa river interlinking project at a cost of ?44,605 crore at the 2020-21 price level.
About the Project:
The project involves transferring of water from the Ken river to the Betwa river through the construction of Daudhan dam and a canal linking the two rivers, the Lower Orr Project, Kotha Barrage and the Bina Complex Multipurpose Project.
Significance of the Project:
=> The project is slated to irrigate 10.62 lakh hectares annually, provide drinking water supply to 62 lakh people and generate 103 MW of hydropower and 27 MW of solar power.
=> The project will be of immense benefit to the water-starved Bundelkhand region, spread across Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
=> The project is expected to boost socio-economic prosperity in the backward Bundelkhand region on account of increased agricultural activities and employment generation.
=> It would also help in arresting distress migration from this region.
Benefits of interlinking:
=> Ken and Betwa rivers originate in MP and are the tributaries of Yamuna.
=> Ken meets with Yamuna in Banda district of UP and with Betwa in Hamirpur district of UP.
=> Rajghat, Paricha and Matatila dams are over Betwa river.
=> Ken River passes through Panna tiger reserve.
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