Gujarat government has expressed its inability to divert 434 MCM water for Maharashtra in Tapi basin as requested by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as part of the Par-Tapi-Narmada inter-state river link project.
The project has been mired in controversy for years now, with opposition parties in Maharashtra accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government of sidelining the state’s interests at the behest of Gujarat.
The projects envisage transfer of surplus water of rivers in Maharashtra and south Gujarat to feed the command area of the Miyagam branch of Narmada canal. It will save water in Narmada dam, which will be taken to Saurashtra and Kutch.
The project is aimed at diverting “surplus” water from parts of west flowing rivers like the Par, the Nar, the Ambika and the Auranga basins in Maharashtra.
Besides providing irrigation benefits to the enroute command and Narmada command, the link will generate hydropower of the order of 93.00 Mkwh through the powerhouses installed at four dam sites viz. Jheri, Paikhed, Chasmandva and Chikkar and in two feeder canals taking off from Dabdar and Kelwan dams. The reservoirs will also provide flood relief to the people residing in downstream areas.
The project of Par-Tapi-Narmada link generally falls in the state of Gujarat except for Jheri reservoir which falls in Maharashtra state. Jheri dam is located in Nasik district of Maharashtra while remaining dams viz. Mohankavchali, Paikhed, Chasmandva, Chikkar, Dabdar and Kelwan dams are located in Valsad and Dang districts of Gujarat.