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Bihar river project report

New Delhi, Jan. 6: A central water development agency has completed the project report of a river interlinking scheme for Bihar that aims to alleviate flood misery and ensure better irrigation.

The report was prepared by the National Water Development Agency (NWDA), a Hyderabad-based body that functions under the Union water resources ministry.

The project aims to link the Budhi Gandak, Baya, Noon and the Ganga and will augment irrigation of over 1.26-lakh hectares of farmland in Samastipur, Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Begusarai and Khagaria.

The report was sent to the state government last week. The NWDA can now approach the Central Water Commission for technical clearance, after which the Planning Commission’s nod would be required for the funds. The project cost has been estimated at Rs 4220 crore, an official said.