Indore: The foundation stone for Rs 432-crore Narmada-Kshipra -Simhastha link project was laid on Thursday at Ujjaini village by veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani in presence of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The village, 25 km from Indore, is the starting point of river Kshipra.
The project envisages to lift water from the Narmada river, and then transport it to the source of Kshipra river through pipes. The ambitious project is expected to benefit 70 cities and 3000 villages in the Malwa region.
It will also ensure availability of water in Kshipra River during Simhasth (Kumbh) fair scheduled in 2016. On the occasion, Advani congratulated Chouhan for taking up a scheme which had been first mooted during the regime of former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee. Chouhan said attempts would be made to complete the project in a record time, claiming it would benefit the people of Malwa region, who face water scarcity.
Chouhan also announced his government’s plans to develop a pilgrimage centre at Kshipra hillock in Ujjaini. He stated that temples eulogizing Narmada and Kshipra rivers would be also be constructed as part of the entire package.
The link project is the first phase of Rs 8000-crore Narmada-Malwa Link project. Under the project, Narmada would be connected to Kshipra, Gambhir, Kalisindh and Parwati rivers within the next five years.
The first phase of the river-linking is expected to be completed by 2014.