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MOU for Lakhwar multi-purpose project signed

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  •  Uttarakhand Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat terms MOU historic  
  •  Uttarakhand will get 300 MW Power, will also get partnership in water
  • Special efforts of Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra to restart the project, which are stalled since 1992
  • Union Minister for Central Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan Chief Minister Mrs. Vasundhara Raje, Harayan Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Jairam Thakur and Delhi Chief Minister Mr. Arvind kejriwal signed the MOU

Dehradun: A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of Lakhwar-Byasi multi-purpose project between six states was signed at National Media Centre, New Delhi on Tuesday. The Lakhwar-Byasi multi-purpose project to be built in Upper Yamuna basin area at a cost of Rs. 3966.51 crore was signed in the presence of Union Minister for Central Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Mr. Nitin Gadkari between Uttarakhand Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan Chief Minister Mrs. Vasundhara Raje, Harayan Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Jairam Thakur and Delhi Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat, while terming the MOU as historic, said that Lakhwar-Byasi multi-purpose project will prove to be significant for the development of all six partner states, especially Uttarakhand. From this project, state will get 300-MW power. With this project, the tourist and economic activities in the region will increase and will bring new opportunities of employment for the local people. He said that project will immensely help to fulfil the power needs of Uttarakhand. The project had got stalled in year 1992. Till that time, 30 per cent of the project work was complete. For restarting the project, Chief Minister expressed gratitude to Union Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari. He said that the way, in which the Chief Ministers of various states made a mutual understanding for the Lakhwar-Byasi multi-purpose project, it is a good example of the spirit of Team India in formation of a new India.

Under Lakhwar project, a 204 meter high concrete dam will be built on Yamuna river at Lohari village in Dehradun district. The dam will have water carrying capacity of 330.66 MCM. This will help irrigate 33,780 hectares of land. Besides it will also provide 78.83 MCM water for domestic and industrial purposes for the six states of Yamuna basin area. The project will generate 300 MW of power. The Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam will undertake the construction of the project.

Out of total cost of Rs.3966.51 crore of the project, Uttarakhand will bear the cost of Rs.1388.28 crore for power production. Uttarakhand will have full use of the power produced after the completion of the project. The central government will bear the cost of  Rs. 2320.41 crore out of total of Rs. 2578.23 crore for irrigation and drinking water facilities which is 90 per cent of the total cost while the remaining ten percent cost will be distributed amongst six states. The Haryana will pay Rs.123.29 crore, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Rs.86.75 crore each, Rajasthan Rs. 24.08 crore, Delhi Rs.15.58 crore and Himachal Pradesh Rs. 8.13 crore.

The water distribution from Lakhwar project between the six states of Yamuna basin will be done as per the condition of agreement signed between these states on May 12, 1994. The Lakhwar dam water reservoir will be regulated as per UYRB.

Besides Lakhwar multipurpose project, Kisau and Renukaji projects will also be built in upper Yamuna area. For Kisau project, a 236 meter high concrete dam will be built on Tons river, a tributary of Yamuna in Dehradun district. For Renukaji project, a 148 meter high dam will be built on Giri river, another tributary of Yamuna in Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh.