Govt to expedite three river projects in border areas
Source :NewsBharati   Date :26-Nov-2018


By Manjusha Gaidhani

New Delhi, Nov 26: The Union Government has decided to expedite three projects which have its share on the borders.

Three projects between India and Pakistan have struck into the red tape for many years and interstate disputes. The three projects include the Shahpur Kandi dam project, a second Sutlej-Beas link in Punjab and the Ujh Dam project in Jammu and Kashmir. Under the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan India has decided to construct two dams.

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

The Ujh dam is a proposed hydroelectricity and irrigation multipurpose project in the Kathua district of Jammu over the Ravi River with a capacity to generate 196 MW of electricity."

The total water utilization from this project is 172.8 million cusec meter (mc), but it has the capacity to store 925 mcm of water, the officials said. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,950 crore.

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 percent. "India uses nearly 93-94 percent of its share under the Indus Waters Treaty. The rest of the water remains unutilized and goes to Pakistan," an official added.

The Punjab government also submitted a revised cost estimate of Rs 2,793.54 crore and requested the Centre to include the project in the prioritized list of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY)/Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Program (AIBP) projects.