This Article is From May 25, 2012

Kalam backs the concept of national river grid

Kalam backs the concept of national river grid
Guwahati: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam said that the nationwide smart waterway, based on the concept of a river grid, covering all major rivers in the country could be started from the Brahmaputra river in Assam.

"What we need is a smart waterway in the Brahmaputra, a waterway which would be navigable 24 hours. Like the national power grid, we need a national waterway and Brahmaputra should be the starting point," Mr Kalam told reporters.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the 14th convocation of the IIT Guwahati.

Asked if he is in favour of the river interlinking project, he said "Yes, I am for linking of rivers."

Earlier in his convocation speech, the former President said that the students of IIT-Guwahati could take up the project.

"You (students) must think of making a smart Brahmaputra waterway. It should be operational 24X7," he said.

"I often visit Assam and whenever I see the Brahmaputra, it is flowing silent and with minimum activity. I have a dream that it should be part of a national water grid. It could be a beautiful waterway," he added.