GANGA – KUMARI NATIONAL WATERWAYS PROJECT (NWP) - FIELD MODEL
INTERLINKING OF RIVERS – ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
The Inter-linking of Rivers in India proposal has a long history. Various proposals have been suggested by expert engineers to interlink major Indian rivers in order to hasten import and export of goods from its colony in South Asia, as well as to address water shortages and droughts in southeastern India, now Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. In the 1970s, K.L. Rao, a former irrigation minister proposed “National Water Grid”. He was concerned about the severe shortages of water in the South and repetitive flooding in the North every year. He suggested that the Brahmaputra and Ganga basins are water surplus areas and central and south India as water deficit areas. He proposed that surplus water be diverted to areas of deficit.ILR and Smart Waterways Development Programme will help our country to evolve a strategy to meet the long term water challenges. In the present scenario, linking of rivers in the regional level is widely accepted in all regions and sectors of the country. It is vital that Indian researches and Institutions should come forward to participate in a distributed research and dissemination of the programme.
INIATIVES OF KAMARAJ COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY TO ADDRESS THE SOCIETAL CONCERN:
The Inter-linking of Rivers in India and development of smart waterways are the long felt need of our country. In association with the recent progression developed by Prof.A.C.Kamaraj, Chairman, NAWAD TECH Mission, a field model has been constituted at the institution campus to create awareness on Interlinking of Rivers in India and Demonstration on Ganga – Kumari Waterways Project.
The model sprawls over an area of 10,000 sq.ft and inaugurated on 14.09.2015 presenting a wonderful outlook on the concept of Interlinking of Rivers in India and the benefits of the project.
Ganga – Kumari Waterways Project field model at KCET – Supported by Department of Civil Engineering
About the Model
The Project proposes to have National Waterways covering the entire Nation just like National Highways.
The National Waterways project by Networking of the Rivers in India consists of
- The Himalayan Waterways (HWW)
- The Central Waterways (CWW)
- The Southern Waterways (SWW)
- Total Area Allotted for Model within the campus – 10000 Sq.ft
- Budget allotted for Model Preparation – Rs.10.2 Lakhs
- Fieldwork started on – 03.06.2015
- Project Completion planned – 03.09.2015