Uttar Pradesh to clear decks for Jamrani project soon: Minister
The Uttar Pradesh government has assured the state that it will soon take a final decision on cost sharing of Jamrani Multipurpose Hydropower Project on Gola river in Nainitaldehradun Updated: Aug 07, 2017 19:34 IST
The Uttar Pradesh government has assured the state that it will soon take a final decision on cost sharing of Jamrani Multipurpose Hydropower Project on Gola river in Nainital.
The assurance came on Saturday during a meeting in Haridwar between Uttarakhand irrigation minister Satpal Maharaj and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Dharam Pal.
Besides, the ministers discussed distribution of the irrigation department’s assets. Since Uttarakhand’s formation in 2000, many properties in the hill state have remained under the control of Uttar Pradesh.
Dharampal also assured Maharaj to return an MoU proposal sent by the Uttarakhand government in May on the hydropower project for acceding its nod, sources in the Uttarakhand irrigation department said.
They, however, said although not much progress was made on distribution of assets, the Uttar Pradesh minister assured Maharaj to resolve the issue soon.
Maharaj said: “We had a cordial discussion on Jamrani Power Project. The Uttar Pradesh minister has agreed to our contention that construction of the project must be started as soon as possible as it will help both the states irrigate their vast farm area and provide the needed drinking water to a vast size of population in Uttarakhand.
“UP has assured us to ratify the MoU proposal sent by us on Jamrani power project so that project could be started early.”
The project will help irrigate 1.50 lakh hectares of land both in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and provide around 53 million cubic metres of drinking water to Uttarakhand.
A top irrigation official of Uttarakhand said cost of the project is likely to go up by 15-20% from present Rs.2,351 crore to Rs.2700-2480 crore. The cost will be revised after the UP government agrees to Uttarakhand’s MoU proposal.
AK Dinakar, the irrigation department’s chief engineer, said: “After assurance from the UP irrigation minister, we are expecting the MoU to get the nod shortly and cost revision of the project will be taken up after that. Cost escalation of the project is likely by 15-20%.”
As per an earlier estimate, the UP government was supposed to contribute 25% or nearly 495 crore of the project cost while remaining cost was to be borne by Uttarakahnd.