Ambitious Kol Dam water project yet to take off

  • Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2014 21:30 IST

A political row has hampered the government's plans to draw water from the Koldam Dam because there has been no progress in the ambitious water supply project for the state's capital.

The irrigation and public health department has sent a detailed project report (DPR) to the urban development department for its consideration but in vain.

Although, the DPR has not been forwarded to the ministry of urban development for its consideration.

"A report for the KolDam water supply project will be put up before the urban development ministry only after thorough discussions," said an official of the urban development department, on terms of anonymity.

IPH minister Vidya Stokes was keen on a water project on Pabbar, a tributary of the Yamuna that flows along the Rohru town. However, her proposal was sidetracked by chief minister Virbhadra Singh who constituted a cabinet sub-committee to give its opinon on the water project envisaged at providing more drinking water to Shimla town.

Virbhadra Singh had given his nod to the KolDam water project in July. The water scheme from KolDam was targeted to cater to a population of 6.2 lakh in Shimla town till 2042.

The total cost of water supply from the KolDam was estimated at Rs 393.96 crore. The KolDam scheme was designed to provide 41 MLD water to Shimla. There is a proposal of setting up six tanks of 30 MLD each and two water treatment plants to ensure a regular supply to the city.

The water project from Pabbar was initially thought of in 2007. The initial cost of the scheme was projected at Rs 786.59 crore. The state science council had conducted the feasibility survey and had further concluded that the scheme was not feasible since the catchment of the Pabbar river had very less snow cover.

The project, hence, was put in the back burner since the state government did not follow it up with the Centre.

On assuming power, the Congress government once again revived the Pabbar river drinking water project, along with the one from KolDam. The total cost of the Pabbar river water project was pegged at Rs 1,181.95 crore.

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