Uma Bharti
Uma Bharti

New Delhi: Underlining that government would ensure there would be no loss to environment while linking rivers across the country, Union Water Resource Minister Uma Bharati today said the “dream project” would be completed within a decade.

Addressing the first meeting of the special committee for Inter-linking of Rivers here, she sought cooperation of various states for inter-linking rivers.

Referring to apprehensions expressed by some environmentalists, the Minister said government will ensure there is no loss to the environment due to this project, a press release said.

Bharati said inter-linking of rivers will be a “milestone” in the development of the nation and the success of the project will prove that environment and development can go together.

She also expressed the hope that the 30 interlinking projects taken up by her Ministry will be over within a period of seven to ten years.

The Minister also informed the meeting that her Ministry will be organising a three-day conference titled ‘Jal Manthan’ in the second week of next month in the national capital.

The press release said ministers and senior officials from Bihar, Telangana, Assam, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP, AP, MP, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra attended the meeting.

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