The Centre has urged the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to reach a consensus for early implementation of the Ken-Betwa river linking project and finalise the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for its implementation, according to a statement on Wednesday.
Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat held a meeting via video link with the Minister of Water Resources, Madhya Pradesh, and the Minister of Jal Shakti, Uttar Pradesh, to discuss and finalise the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for implementation of the project.
The meeting was attended by the secretary, additional secretary and advisor of the Jal Shakti Ministry and other senior officials from both the states and the National Water Development Agency (NWDA).
Shekhawat emphasised that the Ken-Betwa Link is a dream project of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the development of the drought-prone Bundelkhand region.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also stressed on the need for early implementation of this project for the overall socio-economic development of the Bundelkhand region.