Six States sign MoU for Lakhwar dam in Uttarakhand

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on August 28, 2018

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari, at the signing ceremony of MoU between MoWR and Chief Ministers of six States on the Lakhwar dam project, in New Delhi on August 28. The Minister of State Arjun Ram Meghwal and chief ministers of the states Manohar Lal Khattar (Haryana), Trivendra Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand), Yogi Adityanath (UP), Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi) and Rairam Thakur (Himachal Pradesh) are also seen.   -  PTI

The ₹4,000-cr project will provide more water to Delhi, UP, Himachal, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan

Almost ₹4,000 crore will be spent on building the Lakhwar dam in Uttarakhand in the Upper Yamuna basin.

The Centre and six states signed an agreement for the project today. The MoU was signed by Nitin Gadkari, Water Resources Minister, with each of the six chief ministers – Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi, Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh, Vasundhara Raje Scindia of Rajasthan, Trivendra Singh Rawat of Uttarakhand, Manohar Lal of Haryana, Jai Ram Thakur of Himachal Pradesh.

The project will be funded 90 per cent by the Centre, with the remaining cost to be borne by the States. Upper Yamuna refers to the stretch of river from its origin to the Okhla barrage in Delhi.

Speaking at the press conference, Gadkari said that this project will raise storage levels and increase the water availability in the Yamuna by 65 per cent. The States will get more water for drinking, irrigation and industrial use during December-June.

Responding to a question on Ken-Betwa river linking project which required agreement between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, Gadkari said that Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had given the green signal, while an approval from Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj Singh Chauhan was awaited. Gadkari indicated that work on Ken-Betwa river linking will also start soon.

Published on August 28, 2018

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