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Six states sign pact to quench thirst

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Six northern states on Friday signed a MoU to construct a Rs 4,596.76 crore dam in that will provide water to the national capital and other beneficiary states.

The dam, named Renukaji, a multipurpose project, will be built on in the upper Yamuna basin.

The Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh signed the MoU here at an event where for Water Resources was present.

The dam will augment water availability for New Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and

The project will also generate 40 MW of power during peak flow and is proposed to be executed by state-run Ltd (HPPCL).

Since 90 per cent cost of the power component is being borne by Delhi, Himachal Pradesh would get about 200 million units of at Rs 0.30 per unit, an official statement quoting Himachal said.

The dam would generate net revenue of Rs 60 crore per annum to the HPPCL and Rs 12 crore to the in its first year of operation.

The revenue would further increase over a period of time.

Thakur said with the flow of investment of more than Rs 5,000 crore, the state's economy would get a boost.

The said with the construction of the dam, the flow of the would increase about 110 per cent. That will meet the drinking water needs of and other basin states.

The project will provide 0.498 billion cubic metre of storage in its reservoir and a firm water supply to the tune of 23 cumecs to

The 90 per cent cost of irrigation and drinking water component of the project i.e. Rs 3,892.83 crore will be provided by the and rest 10 per cent by the six states.

Water from the in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh will be released into the Yamuna river, from where it will flow to Haryana's Hathinikund barrage and finally reach Delhi.

The project had hit roadblocks repeatedly since an agreement was signed in 1994 that water from the would be supplied to Delhi.

The national status project is located some 250 km from Delhi.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 18:48 IST