Addressing India’s water challenge 2050: the virtual water trade option

Shilp Verma, Doeke A. Kampman, Pieter van der Zaag, Arjen Y. Hoekstra

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Abstract

The Government of India, on directions from the Supreme Court in 2002 and advice from the National Water Development Agency (NWDA), proposed an estimated US$120 billion National River Linking Project (NRLP) which envisages linking 37 Himalayan and Peninsular rivers (Figure 1; NCIWRD 1999). Doing this will form a gigantic South Asian water grid which will annually handle 178×109 m3/yr of interbasin water transfer; build 12,500 km of canals; generate 34 gigawatts of hydropower; add 35 million hectares (Mha) to India’s irrigated areas; and generate inland navigation benefits (IWMI 2003; NWDA 2006; Gupta and van der Zaag 2007).
Original languageEnglish
Pages215-231
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventSecond National Workshop on Strategic Issues in Indian Irrigation 2009 - New Delhoq, India
Duration: 8 Apr 20099 Apr 2009

Workshop

WorkshopSecond National Workshop on Strategic Issues in Indian Irrigation 2009
CountryIndia
CityNew Delhoq
Period8/04/099/04/09
Other8-9 April 2009

Keywords

  • IR-80137

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