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Pipes carrying water near Mumbai, India

[NEW DELHI] Indian scientists and engineers are preparing detailed plans to implement a massive water project that would integrate most of India's waterways at a cost of more than US$100 billion.

 Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee pledged that the project — which has languished at the planning stage for more than 20 years — would be completed on a "war footing" after India's Supreme Court ruled late last year that the government should meet its constitutional requirement to supply clean water to all Indian citizens by 2016.

The project has found broad support both among India's political parties and within its scientific community. But it still faces several political obstacles both at home and abroad, and is already under attack from some environmentalists.

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Source: Nature 422, 790 (2003)

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