River linking project: Jalgaon, Maharashtra

River connectivity is seen as a possible way to equally distribute of water across a geographical region. Conceptually, inter-linking water ways is appreciated by policy practitioners to resolve water problems but the practical ecological concerns usually delay the implementation. Along these lines, India’s National River Linking Project that aims to connect the rivers in the Ganges basin to rivers in western and southern India has been an issue of debate. The displacement of people due to land acquisition is also a cause for concern. Nevertheless, the nationally acclaimed river linking project in Jalgaon has overcome these challenges by exploiting regional strengths in geography and existing infrastructure. This best practice documentation intends to provide insights into the design and achievements of the River Linking Project that has been successful in making adequate water available for irrigation and human consumption throughout the district.

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