By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 11 Jan: In the presence of Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari, an MoU was signed for the construction of the Renuka Multipurpose Project between the Chief Ministers of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi in New Delhi on Friday.
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister, Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister, Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, Jayaram Thakur were present on the occasion.
Expressing happiness, Chief Minister Rawat said that, with the MoU, the way for the Renuka Project, which had been pending for a long time, had opened. Six states would benefit from this project of national importance. Earlier, an MoU had been signed on the Lakhwar project.
The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the Union Water Resources Minister for giving a push to national projects that were stuck for a long time.
The Renuka Project (40 MW) is a multipurpose project located on Giri River of Sirmaur District, Himachal Pradesh. The construction of a 148-mt high rockfill dam is proposed in the project. The total cost on the project is expected to be Rs 4596.76 crores. As much as 514.32 MCM of water can be stored in the reservoir. This project was declared a National Project in the year 2008, in which 90 per cent of the water component of the project will be funded by the Government of India. Construction, operation and maintenance of this project will be done by Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd.
After the construction of the Renuka Project, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi will get water in accordance with the prescribed quantity in the agreement, out of which Uttarakhand will get 19.72 MCM (3.81% of total water) for domestic and industrial use. Apart from the water sharing, other benefits will be to Himachal Pradesh. Against the water component, shares of Rs 16.50 crores by Uttarakhand will be payable in two installments.
In the year 1994, the agreement was signed between Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi for sharing of water received from the project. After that, execution of various projects proposed in the upper Yamuna River had been pending for years. By making certain amendments, the agreement pertaining to Renuka Multipurpose Project was sent to all beneficiary states for approval by the Upper Yamuna River Board in April 2018. The NOC of the Uttarakhand Government for this project was sent to Upper Yamuna River Board on 15 October, 2018.
On receipt of no objection from all the states in connection with the project, in the presence of Union Minister of Water Resources, Government of India, an MoU for construction of Renuka Multipurpose Project was signed between Chief Ministers of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi on Friday.
By OUR STAFF REPORTER