The proposed Renuka Dam project on river Giri — a tributary of Yamuna in Himachal Pradesh — hit a major roadblock due to paucity of funds. The dam is expected to provide water and power supplies in parts of Haryana, especially Gurgaon.
For the Haryana government, this seems to be a major cause of concern. The state government has been constantly writing to the central water commission in this regard.
In a latest meeting called by the commission in New Delhi, the Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL) apprised the authority of the logjam.
“In the last two-three years, there has been no progress with regard to this project. I have written a letter to the water ministry to convene another meeting to resolve this issue. Haryana’s concern is whether it will get water and power,” said RR Jowel, principal secretary to government of Haryana, irrigation department.
“I have written a letter to Haryana chief minister ML Khattar requesting him to call a meeting with the Centre to expedite the work,” Jowel said.
He also added that the department had raised concerns about two other dams — Kishau on Tons River and Lakhwar on Yamuna.
The Renuka Dam project is being executed by HPPCL and this project has a live storage capacity of 0.567 billion cubic meters (BCM), with a power capacity of 40 MW.
It is worth noticing that UYRB states such as Uttar Pradesh, HP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi had signed a MoU regarding allocation of surface water and power in 1994.