Par-Tapi-Narmada River Linking Project – UPSC Prelims

What is the Par-Tapi-Narmada River Linking Project?
  • Par Tapi Narmada Link proposes to transfer water from the water surplus regions of Western Ghats to the water deficit regions of Saurashtra and Kutch (Gujarat).
  • The link project includes seven reservoirs proposed in north Maharashtra and south Gujarat.
  • The water from the seven proposed reservoirs would be taken through a 395 km long canal to take over a part of the command of the on-going SardarSarovar Project (on Narmada), while irrigating small enroute areas.
  • This would save Sardar Sarovar water which will be used to extend irrigation in Saurashtra and Kutch region.
What will be the Benefits of the Project?
  • Besides providing irrigation benefits to the enroute command and Narmada command, the link will generate hydropower of the order of 93.00 Mkwh through the power houses installed at four dam sites.
  • The reservoirs will also provide flood relief to the people residing in downstream areas.

Tapi River:
  • It is a westward flowing river originating from the Betul district of Madhya Pradesh in the Satpura ranges.
  • It flows in a rift valley parallel to the Narmada but is much shorter in length.
  • Its basin covers parts of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Par River:
  • Par River is a river in Gujarat with its source near wadpada village in Nashik Maharashtra.
  • It flows into the Arabian Sea.