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From which river would the National River Project be started?
A. Yamuna
B. Gomati
C. Ganga
D. Krishna

Last updated date: 17th Jun 2024
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Hint: The National River Linking Project (NRLP) undertaken by the Government of India. This aims to transfer the water from the surplus region in the northeast to the major rivers in the South.

Complete step-by-step answer:
The National River Linking Project (NRLP) is a very ambitious and water transfer project. The water of the Ganges and the Brahmaputra would be supplied to the areas of western and southern India. Through a network of 14,900 km of canals, 174 cubics Bm of water would be transferred. It is the largest infrastructure project in the world. There are many benefits of this project like the additional irrigation capacity of about 34 million hectares of agricultural land, decreasing flood in the eastern region, generation of 34,000 MW of hydropower, etc. due to this project about $1.48$ million people would be displaced. This project was previously scheduled to be completed by 2016 but now it was expected to be completed by 2050. After the completion of this project, this would be the biggest water transfer project in the world. This would have financial, environmental, and social implications and repercussions on a gigantic scale. For the completion of this project and for better results, the partner countries involved should develop a better philosophy and framework of cooperation. This project would be started from the Ganga river.

Thus, option (C) is correct.

Note: This project is divided into two parts: one is the Himalayan part with 16 links and the other is the peninsular part with 14 links. In total, it would connect 37 rivers and would have 3000 storages.