Every year some parts of India are flooded while some parts experience severe drought. This happens every year. So this year the Supreme Court of India directed the Central Govt. to look into linking the major rivers of India.
“India’s political water dance”:http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/26Apr2003_news28.html
bq. While hearing a case on the Kavery waters dispute, the Supreme Court last year directed the central government to revive an old proposal that envisaged linking of rivers to transfer surplus water from the north to rivers in the south. The objective of the plan is to break the vicious cycle of drought-flood-drought.
The plan is ambitious
bq. The 15-year plan, estimated to cost US$112 billion (at 1990 price levels), envisages creating 30 inter-basin links to transfer water from surplus to deficit basins, and to prevent surplus water from flowing into the sea. Besides flood control in the Ganges and Brahmaputra basins and drought-proofing in perennial drought-prone regions, the government cites additional irrigation coverage of 35 million hectares and generation of 30,000 megawatt of hydropower as major benefits of the proposed inter-linking.
This article is well written, but the last line gives the political angle away.
bq. The plan is already seen as a political gameplan of the Vajpayee government to win popular support in next year’s general elections.
Even though the author mentioned few paragraphs above that it was the Supreme Court which asked that this be looked into, he finally converted it and gave a political angle.