Instead of damming rivers by huge dams and obstruct their flow, destroy natural flora and fauna and human habitats, why can’t we have micro version of inundated monsoon water dams and tanks at several places without obstructing flow of the water?

As far as I remember, we had this system in the times of Shivaji and other southern Kings.

Not a water expert so cannot conclude but seems like we should revisit history of irrigation and provide suggestions to next govt.

Instead of huge and expensive river linking projects (equally expensive as huge dams are), localized solutions can work at great efficiency in my view.