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Inter-link rivers to stop floods, says Vajpayee

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | July 25, 2004 20:52 IST

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Sunday made an aerial survey of the flood affected north Bihar districts.

Vajpayee after ariving in Patna from New Delhi immediately left for aerial survey by helicopter.

After the survey, Vajpayee criticised the state government for its failure to provide adequate relief to the flood affected people.

He said the way to stop the frequent floods in Bihar and the northeast region is by inter-linking rivers and by signing a treaty with neighbouring Nepal for 'optimum utilisation of water' .

Referring to the Bihar government's demand for construction of dams in Nepal he said, "Mere construction of dams will not work. What we need is to have a treaty (with Nepal) for optimum use of water."

Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, however, termed Vajpayee's visit as as political stunt . "Why he has he visited only this year? Why did he not visit during the last five years when he was the prime minister?" she asked.


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Sub: rivers to rein floods

Sir, With surmise i look at this news as if it is from a common man! I am mystified to read through the suggestion given ...

Posted by suryaprakash nagoji rao

Sub: Start interlinking of rivers

Dear Manmohan, At one end there is flood and at other end there is drought. What are we waiting for?. Let us start the ground ...

Posted by Sudhakar

Sub: Inter-link rivers to stop floods

'Rajpootana cannot for all the wealth of Croesus obtain what Assam could easily spare,' so said Lord Curzon when viceroy (1899-1905). Imaginative minds even a ...

Posted by vcbhutani

Sub: Easier said than done!

These are mere political stunts. Vajpayee knows too well the technical and political problems associated with such a utopian project. One thing is certain. It ...

Posted by Syeda Tanbira Zaman

Sub: Do something

This is very good idea.We have been wasting huge money because of floods.Government atleast should try to link one or two rivers and see what ...

Posted by NT


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