Centre, 6 States sign MoU for Lakhwar dam project

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Aug 2018 08:51:51



The project will enable water flow in Yamuna river in dry season

THE Central Government on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh for construction of a Rs 3966.51 crore Lakhwar multi-purpose dam in the upper Yamuna basin.

The project will enable water flow in Yamuna river in dry season from December to May/June every year. Thanking the States for a consensus on the project, Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping and Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari hoped that more such projects, especially the ones which were stuck for several years due to lack of consensus amongst States, will take off.

He said that the problem of water shortage in all six States will be resolved, once the project is complete as water flow in River Yamuna will improve in dry season from December to May/June every year.

The MoU was signed between the Central Government and Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje, Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat, Haryana Manohar Lal, Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, and Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur.

The Lakhwar project was initially approved in 1976 but work on the project was suspended in 1992. It envisages construction of a 204 metre-high concrete dam across river Yamuna near Lohari village in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand with a live storage capacity of 330.66 MCM.
This storage will provide irrigation for 33,780 hectares land and availability of 78.83 MCM water for domestic, drinking and industrial use in the six basin states. The project will also generate 300 MW of power.

It will be executed by Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVL). Reiterating that the focus is also on abating pollution in River Yamuna under Clean Ganga Mission, Gadkari said that 34 projects were being taken up on the river, out of which, 12 in Delhi which will ensure the water going to Haryana and Rajasthan was un-polluted. While the Lakhwar project will provide adequate water to all 6 States, the interventions being made under Namami Gange programme will ensure pollution abatement in Yamuna, serving the twin purpose.