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Not Enough Water To Interlink India's Rivers: IIT Study

The government's ambitious plan to interlink India's rivers for better distribution of water across the country may need to be tweaked to factor in the effects of climate change.

A Hindustan Times story talks about how an analysis of weather data for 103 years (1901 to 2004) by researchers from the Indian Institutes of Technology in Mumbai and Chennai shows that rainfall has decreased over the years, reducing water stocks even in river basins that have a surplus. The data was collected from 1,384 weather stations of the India Meteorological Department.

The eight-member team from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IITB) and the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM) found a significant decrease in rainfall – more than 10 per cent each in the major surplus basins of the Mahanadi, the Godavari, the Brahmani, the Mahi, the Meghna and the multiple small rivers in the Western Ghats and those flowing east. Only the Brahmaputra river basin showed no decrease in rainfall.

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