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Govt giving attention to arrest India's unutilised water under IWT from entering Pak: Gadkari

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government has given special attention to stop unutilised water allotted to under the 'Indus Waters Treaty' from entering Pakistan, said Friday.

Gadkari, the for water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation, also signed an MoU with six chief ministers for the construction of Renukaji Multi-Purpose Dam project in the Upper Yamuna Basin.

The pact was signed with chief of Uttar Pradesh, of Rajasthan, Trivendra Singh Rawat of Uttarakhand, Manohar Lal of Haryana, of and of Himachal Pradesh.

Another agreement was signed for Namami Gange projects in under Hybrid Annuity Mode and One-City-One-Operator concept by the National Mission for Clean Ganga, UP and from Prayagraj Water Pvt. Ltd.

Addressing the gathering, said there is enough water available in the country, but the real issue is its effective management.

"We have done one thing. The rivers awarded to under the ...(some portion of) our share still goes to The first thing we did was to arrest the (excess) water and we will take it to Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and and will benefit from it," he said.

Under the Indus Waters Treaty, waters flowing in three of -- the Sutlej, Beas and Ravi -- have been allotted to India; while the Chenab, Jhelum and Indus waters have been allotted to

Of the total 168 million acre-feet, India's share of water from the three allotted rivers is 33 million acre-feet, which constitutes nearly 20 per cent. uses nearly 93-94 per cent of its share under the The rest of the water remains unutilised and goes to

After the Uri attack in 2016, it was decided to fast track water projects to arrest the unutilised water.

The three projects to arrest this water from going to Pakistan, include the Shahpur Kandi dam project, a second Sutlej-Beas link in and the Ujh Dam project in

An agreement has been signed on one project and there is a progress in other two projects, said.

Terming the signing of agreement for project a historic moment, Gadkari said that the government will try to get the Cabinet approval as soon as possible.

He added that a consensus on Kishau Multi Purpose project on has also been developed and soon an agreement for it will also be signed.

He also informed about the Lakhwar Multi Purpose project for which agreement was signed on August 28 among six basin states.

Gadkari said that these projects will benefit all basin states and it is a "win-win situation" for everyone.

"will not face drinking water issues for the next 50 years. Rajasthan, which is at the tail end, will also get water for drinking and irrigation."

He added that these projects will also ensure more flow in which is the need-of-the-hour.

project has been conceived as a storage project on (tributary of river Yamuna) in Sirmour District of Himachal Pradesh. The project envisages construction of 148 M high rock filled dam for supply of 23 cumecs water to Delhi and other basin states.

The project will also generate 40 MW of power during peak flow and will be executed by (HPPCL).

The live storage of Renukaji MPP is 0.404 million acre feet (MAF) and total submergence area is about 1508 hectares in the territory of Himachal Pradesh.

Stored water of will be used by Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi from the Hathnikund Barrage, by Delhi from Wazirabad Barrage and by UP, and from the Okhla Barrage.

The share of these states is as follows: Haryana, Uttar Pradesh/Uttarkhand and Himchal Pradesh, and Delhi will get 47.82 per cent, 33.65 per cent, 3.15 per cent, 9.34 per cent and 6.04 per cent respectively.

Delhi has agreed to fund 90 per cent of the cost of power component of the project.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 14:55 IST