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UPA govt dragging feet on inter-linking of rivers: Advani

BJP veteran claims of raising at least Rs 5,60,000 cr worth of investment for the interlinking scheme.

BJP leader L K Advani on Tuesday said the ambitious inter-linking of rivers project was one of the three main achievements of the erstwhile NDA government,and rued that the UPA government is dragging its feet in the matter despite a Supreme Court order on the issue.

Referring to the judgement of the Supreme Court on February 27,2012,Advani said the three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia had directed that the government to constitute a “Special Committee for Inter-linking of rivers”.

“Three months have now elapsed since the Supreme Court delivered this judgement. And yet the Special Committee — the court had wanted to be constituted has not been set up,” Advani said on his blog.

He further maintained that the Supreme Court appointed amicus curiae Ranjit Kumar,“who has been richly complimented by the Supreme Court for his contribution to the case”,would heed the specific advice of the court,and move a contempt petition against the UPA government for its ‘default’.

Advani said inter-linking of rivers was one of the three main achievements of the Vajpayee government. The other two were establishing normalcy and peace with Pakistan,along with zero-tolerance towards cross-border terrorism,and laying a firm foundation for a network of highways and rural roads for the entire country.

“The NDA government not only drew up an ambitious programme for inter-linking of major rivers but spared a senior minister Suresh Prabhu to head a Task Force devoted exclusively for this work,” Advani said.

Advani recalled a recent meeting he had with Prabhu in which the latter gave him a detailed account of his “painstaking exertions in pursuance of this task”.

“He (Prabhu) had held more than 5,000 small and big meetings in all states of the country. Besides,he set up a committee of finance experts and eminent bankers,led by ICICI Chairman K V Kamath,which presented very innovative and forward looking ideas for financing this inter-linking of rivers project,” Advani said.

The BJP leader claimed on his blog that Prabhu informed him about this group of experts expressing the confidence of raising at least Rs 5,60,000 crore worth of investment for the interlinking scheme.

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“Yet another point Prabhu stressed was that ISRO under the chairmanship of Dr Kasturirangan had agreed to use remote sensing,satellite imagery,etc for effective project planning and monitoring,” Advani said.