6 states sign agreement for Renukaji dam multipurpose project

Six states–Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh–on Friday signed an agreement for construction of Renukaji Dam Multi-Purpose Project in the presence of Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Three projects are proposed to be constructed on the Yamuna and two of its tributaries, Tons and Giri, in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh of the Upper Yamuna Basin.

These include Lakhwar project on the Yamuna in Uttarakhand, Kisau on the Tons in Uttarakhand and Himachal, and Renukaji on the Giri in Himachal.

The states had already signed an agreement in respect of sharing of cost and benefits of Lakhwar project in August 2018.

After signing the agreement, Gadkari said an agreement among the states concerned regarding the Kisau project would be reached soon.

Renukaji Dam project has been conceived as a storage project on the Giri river (the tributary of the Yamuna) in Sirmour district of Himachal. It envisages construction if 148 m-high rock-filled dams for the supply of 23 cumec water to Delhi and other basin states.

The project will also generate 40 MW of power during peak flow. It is proposed to be executed by Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (HPPCL). The live storage of Renukaji project is 0.404 MAF and total submergence area is about 1,508 hectares in the territory of Himachal.

Stored water of Renukaji Dam will be used by the signatory states. The share of water among the states will be Haryana-47.8 percent; Uttar Pradesh/Uttarakhand-33.65 percent; Himachal-3.15 percent; Rajasthan-9.3 percent and NCT of Delhi: 6.04 percent.

The total cost of the project estimated on Price Level 2015 is Rs 4,596.76 crore out of which the cost of irrigation/drinking water component is Rs 4,325.43 crore and the power component Rs 277.33 crore. The Centre will bear 90 percent of the cost of irrigation/drinking water component, and the balance cost will be borne by the states as per the MoU inked by them in 1994.

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