The Supreme Court of India has directed the GOI to complete all the river links, 30 of them by the year 2012. The feasibility study of 6 of them have been completed. Now “Texas wants to partner India on interlinking rivers”:http://www.sulekha.com/redirectnh.asp?cid=312122. The project will cost 5.6 trillion rupees. One NRI Sockalingam ‘Sam’ Kannappan has been actively involved
bq. “NRIs keen on river linking project:”:http://www.rediff.com/us/2003/jun/25us2.htm Realising that the phenomenal cost (estimated at an astronomical Rs 560,000 crore or Rs 5.6 trillion) would probably put off most political parties from investing in it, Kannappan urged the Bush administration to support India when it sought World Bank aid for the project. He also pledged to use his technical expertise to ensure that the proposal report would be acceptable to the World Bank.
Here is some related reading:
* “River Linking”:http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/archives/000074.html
* “River Linking – II”:http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/archives/000120.html
* “Some facts on river linking”:http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/archives/000128.html