Wa­ter Grid to the Res­cue

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Apro­pos the Edit ‘For A Sus­tain­able So­lu­tion to Drought’ (Apr 21), a vi­tal mea­sure is in­ter­link­ing of rivers, which hasn’t yielded a re­sult de­spite pro­longed dis­cus­sions. Here’s a so­lu­tion: In­dia needs four re­gional wa­ter grids, east, west, north and south. In­ter­link­ing of rivers in the re­gions is fea­si­ble from the engi­neer­ing and mon­e­tary view­point and can be com­pleted in 3-5 years, re­duc­ing the un­equal avail­abil­ity of wa­ter. For the long term (5-8 years), we must have a na­tional wa­ter grid on the lines of the rail­ways, power, tele­com and roads. This is costly, but is in­evitable and seems pos­si­ble.

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