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River interlinking to aid irrigation facilities: Uma Bharti


The Asian Age, New Delhi, 24th December, 2014

Laying emphasis on the need for interlinking of rivers, Union water resources minister Uma Bharti on Thursday said the ambitious project once completed would bring about 90 per cent of arable land under irrigation.

“Interlinking of rivers would enhance irrigation facilities to 90 per cent of farm lands in the country,” she said while inaugurating the national conference on issues for optimal use of water resources here.

According to agriculture ministry data, 40 per cent of the agriculture land is irrigated and accounts for 55 per cent of total production, while 60 per cent is rain-fed and contribute 45 per cent to total output.

Minister for rural development Chaudhary Birender Singh said that 86 per cent of drinking water supply schemes were based on ground water and proper attention should be paid for water security planning.