New Delhi: People of drought-hit Bundelkhand have many expectations from the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s rally which will be held in the Banda region on Saturday.

After the Ken-Betwa River Link project was caught in a whirlwind of environmental issues, people are expecting the Prime Minister to announce some relief to end their water woes. They are looking for the approval of the Ken-Betwa River link project.

However, Union Minister of Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has strongly opposed the project as it poses serious threat to the environment.

Speaking with Dainik Jagran, Ramesh said the link project can create many environmental hazards.

A day ahead of PM’s rally in Banda, Ramesh asserted the ministry will not give its clearance to the Ken-Betwa River link project.

According to the proposed project, the two rivers, Ken and Betwa, between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh will be linked to solve the water crisis.

Under the programme, the dams, barrages and canals will also be constructed which will add to the greenery of the region.

Four barrages--Makoria, Richaan, Barari and Kesari--will be built and long canals will also be constructed.

The project was estimated at Rs 1800 crore during its initial stage but now it has been pegged at more than Rs 9000 crore.

JPN/Bureau