UP, MP to ink Ken-Betwa pact today

With Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh governments coming on board to resolve their long pending differences over sharing of water from the proposed Ken-Betwa interlinking of river project, chief ministers of the two states will sign a tripartite agreement with the Centre on World Water Day on Monday to finally implement this ambitious project.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present at the signing event through video conference. He will also launch the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain’ campaign. The Centre, through this over eight-month nationwide campaign (March 22-November 30), seeks to take water conservation to the grassroots through people’s participation. “It is intended to nudge all stakeholders to create rainwater harvesting structures, suitable to the climatic conditions and subsoil strata, to ensure proper storage of rainwater,” an official statement said. After the virtual launch event, ‘gram sabhas’ will be held in all ‘gram panchayats’ of each district (except in poll bound states) to discuss issues related to water and water conservation.

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