The expert member of the Task Force Sriram Vedire is a Adviser in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. Other members include Prodipto Ghosh who is former Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, A D Mohile, former Chairman, Central Water Commission (CWC) and M Gopalakrishnan, former Member, CWC. Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, Chairman, Central water Commission, Director General, National Water Development Agency and Joint Secretary (Finance), in the Ministry of Water Resources are the other members of the Task Force. Virag Gupta, an advocate who has been made a expert member of the Task Force represented K.N. Govindacharya, former Bharatiya Janata Party leader and ideologue in the court. Almost of all of these members are advocates of ILR project and have paid least regard to Aral sea like disasters in public debate.
The ministry's statement stated that "the task force would also consider alternative plans in place of infeasible links in the present plan."
The Task Force is supposed to facilitate interlinking of intra-state and intra-basin Rivers also along with that of inter-state and inter-basin links. The Task Force is supposed to recommend the time schedules for completion of feasibility studies and DPR’s of all the links, implementation schedule of all the links and also suggest on various means of funding mechanisms for the Interlinking of Rivers.
The Task Force is supposed to provide guidance on norms of appraisal of individual projects in respect of economic viability, socio-economic, environmental impacts and preparation of resettlement plans. It is quite astounding and bizarre that although the National Perspective Plan under both Himalayan and Peninsular components has been around for several decades, there has not been any cumulative environmental and social impact assessment of the ILR project so far.
The Task Force has been asked to "device suitable mechanisms for bringing about speedy consensus amongst the states and also propose suitable organizational structure for implementing the Interlinking of Rivers. The Task Force would also try to forge a consensus amongst the states in order to take forward the speedy implementation of the Interlinking of Rivers Program." This reveals that there is no consensus and unanimity among the states. Despite such official admission Hon'ble Supreme Court has been misled into inferring repeatedly since 2002 till 2012 that there is consensus and unanimity among the states for the ILR project.