People living in and around Panna Tiger Reserve oppose Ken-Betwa River Link Project

Location of Conflict

Panna

Region Classification

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Irrigation Dam

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Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

State

Madhya Pradesh

Sector

Infrastructure

Starting Year

2016

People Affected
by Conflict

8550

Investment Affected (in Crores)

1989

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

8650

Residents of villages in and around Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh took out a protest march on 7th july 2017 against the KenBetwa river link project. The central government wants to link the two rivers, Ken and Betwa, that flow through Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to meet irrigation, drinking water and electricity needs in the water startved regions. The project is estimated to cost more than Rs 1989 crore. It is reported that the project was approved by the Forest Advisory Committee without considering any of the changes sought by environmentalists, such as reducing the height of a proposed dam. The project comprises a 231kilometre (144 miles) long canal between the two rivers as well as two reservoirs. This requires felling more than 1.8 million trees, and most of the 6,400 hectares  of forest land in and around Panna Tiger Reserve will be submerged. The project will also submerge nearly 2250 hectares of nonforest land and about 900 families, according to a feasibility report by the National Water Development Authority (NWDA). The protestors include those who depend on the forest land to earn livelihood, farmers, and those employed by the tourism industry in the Panna Tiger Reserve.  They demand that the project be cancelled.

Total investment involved (in Crores):

1989

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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Government of India, M.P. Government, Environment and forest Ministry

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