Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
5. Do you think that the Ken-Betwa River Interlinking (KBRIL) Project lacks economic sense and defies ecological science? State your opinion. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Reference: The Hindu , Insights on India.
Why the question:
On January 18, the Steering Committee of the Ken-Betwa Link Project (KBLP) held its third meeting in New Delhi. It was chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Water Resources, in the Ministry of Jal Shakti, who reiterated that KBLP was a “flagship” project of the national government and that it “is critical for the water security and socio-economic development of Bundelkhand region”.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about the challenges in the Ken-Betwa River Interlinking project.
Structure of the answer:
Begin by giving context and reasons for the approval of the Ken-Betwa River Interlinking project.
First, write about the threats to wildlife sanctuaries and national parks from habitat loss. Loss of tree cover, increased man animal conflict etc. Substantiate with examples. For e.g: Clearance of core zone of Panna national park.
Next, write about the economic issues surrounding the project.
Next, write the need of an effective Environmental Impact assessment to anticipate and mitigate the issues arising from Ken-Betwa River Interlinking project.
Conclude by writing a way forward.