Gadkari signs MoU with 6 states for Lakhwar project
New Delhi, August 28
Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi for the construction of Lakhwar multi-purpose project in the Upper Yamuna Basin.
After signing the agreement, Gadkari expressed hope that completion of the project would give boost to economic activities, especially agriculture sector in the states concerned.
“The problem of water shortage in all six states will be resolved once the project is complete as flow in the Yamuna river will improve in dry season from December to May-June every year,” he said.
Upper Yamuna refers to the stretch from the point of Yamuna’s origin in Yamunotri Glacier at Banderpooch peaks in the lower Himalayan region in Uttarakhand to the Okhla Barrage in Delhi. Yamuna is the longest and second largest tributary of the Ganges in north India.
Chief Ministers — Trivendra Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand), ML Khattar (Haryana), Jai Ram Thakur (Himachal Pradesh), Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh), Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan) and Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi) — too exuded optimism on project’s positive impact.
Gadkari said the focus was also on abating pollution in Yamuna under Clean Ganga Mission. As many as 34 projects are being taken on the river out of which 12 are in Delhi which will ensure that the water going to Haryana and Rajasthan will be “nirmal” (pure).
The Rs 3,967-crore project envisages construction of 204-m high concrete dam across Yamuna near Lohari village in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand with a live storage capacity of about 331 MCM.
This storage will provide irrigation for 33,780 hectares and availability of about 79 MCM water for domestic, drinking and industrial use in the six basin states.
The project, to be executed by Uttarakhand Jal Nigam Limited (UJVL), will also generate 300 MW of power.
Of the total project cost, the power component of about Rs 1,388 crore will be borne totally by the Uttarakhand Government. The state will also get benefit of total power generation once the project is complete.