MUSSOORIE, Aug 28
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of Lakhwar-Byasi multi-purpose project between six states was signed at National Media Centre, New Delhi on Tuesday, bringing joy on the faces of the residents in and around Lakhwar and Nainbagh area. The much awaited Lakhwar-Byasi multi-purpose project to be built in upper Yamuna basin area at a cost of Rs. 3966.51 crore was signed in the presence of Union Minister for Central Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari between Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Harayan CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Under Lakhwar project, a 204 meter high concrete dam will be built on Yamuna river at Lohari village in Dehradun district. The dam will have water carrying capacity of 330.66 MCM. This will help irrigate 33,780 hectares of land. Besides it will also provide 78.83 MCM water for domestic and industrial purposes for the six states of Yamuna basin area. The project will generate 300 MW of power. The Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam will undertake the construction of the project.
Out of total cost of Rs.3966.51 crore of the project, Uttarakhand will bear the cost of Rs.1388.28 crore for power production. Uttarakhand will have full use of the power produced after the completion of the project. The central government will bear the cost of Rs. 2320.41 crore out of total of Rs. 2578.23 crore for irrigation and drinking water facilities which is 90 per cent of the total cost while the remaining ten percent cost will be distributed amongst six states. The Haryana will pay Rs.123.29 crore, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Rs.86.75 crore each, Rajasthan Rs. 24.08 crore, Delhi Rs.15.58 crore and Himachal Pradesh Rs. 8.13 crore. The water distribution from Lakhwar project between the six states of Yamuna basin will be done as per the condition of agreement signed between these states on May 12,1994. The Lakhwar dam water reservoir will be regulated as per UYRB. Besides Lakhwar multipurpose project, Kisau and Renukaji projects will also be built in upper Yamuna area. For Kisau project, a 236-meter-high concrete dam will be built on Tons river, a tributary of Yamuna in Dehradun district. For Renukaji project, a 148-meter-high dam will be built on Giri river, another tributary of Yamuna in Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh.
Expressing happiness, Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said that Lakhwar is a national project and will benefit six partner states. The project will also help Uttarakhand to fulfil its’ power needs.
The residents who have been living around the dam area under the anticipation that it will be built one day since 1980’s said are of the view that this is only one dam that has not been caught in any dispute as it has met no opposition from any quarter so far. Pradeep Kavi, the congress block president Jaunpur said that the people were in catch 22 situation since 1980’s when the dam construction was announced and were unable to either constrict houses or agriculture fields, fearing the acquisition of their land at any given moment. Some villagers were given compensation for their land in 1980’s and 90’s but there are large number of villagers affected by the dam to be provided relief. He demanded compensation for the farm land and rehabilitation by giving land at Vikas Nagar or Dehradun to the remaining villagers who are yet to be compensated.