Gadkari to sign MoU with six states: Ministry

Gadkari to sign MoU with six states: Ministry
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New Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will on August 28 sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with six states for the construction of Lakhwar multi-purpose project in the upper Yamuna basin, Water Resources Ministry said on Monday.

The six states are Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi.

To create storage facilities in upper Yamuna basin, the six states had signed an MoU to conserve and utilize the monsoon flows of the Yamuna, a Ministry statement said.

Under the MoU, a 204-meters high Lakhwar project will be constructed near Lohari village of Uttarakhand with live storage capacity of 330.66 Million Cubic Meter (MCM).

“This storage will provide irrigation for 33,780-hectare land and facilitate availability of 78.83 MCM water for domestic, drinking and industrial use in six basin states,” said Ministry.

According to the MoU, the Centre will provide 90 per cent fund and the rest would come from the states. The total project is worth Rs 3966.51 crore.

The project will generate 300 mw of power and will be executed by Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVL), it said.

“Except sharing of stored water, all other resultant economic benefits, including generation of hydro power due to construction of the dam, are assigned to Uttarakhand,” said Ministry.