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Work on stalled Jamrani dam may start soon

The Uttarakhand irrigation department is making a proposal for making the dam a national project so that fund can be received from the Centre. It will also urge the state government to press this demand.

dehradun Updated: Dec 22, 2017 20:26 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
Abhinav Madhwal
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand,Jamrani dam,Trivendra Singh Rawat
The site where the Jamrani Dam is to come up.(HT Photo)

Jamrani dam on Gola river is likely to see light of the day after over four decades as the Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh governments --two stakeholders -- have decided complete paperwork and resume work.

The foundation stone for the dam was laid in 1976 and since then, the construction has not begun. It will have a hydropower plant that would generate 14 megawatts electricity. The Uttarakhand irrigation department is making a proposal for making the dam a national project so that fund can be received from the Centre. It will also urge the state government to press this demand.

DK Pachauri, the irrigation department’s chief engineer in Kumaon, said the approval for the financial aspect of the project has to be taken from the Central Water Commission. “We are asking the state government to press for making it a national project after which the costs would be borne by the centre,” said Pachauri.

“The distribution of water would be based on irrigation potential of the dam and would be decided after consultations.”

In 1976, total cost of the project was estimated at ₹63 crore. Now, it stands at ₹2,350 crore.The dam would be constructed on 360 hectares area and it would have the height of 130 metres. Its main purpose is not generating electricity, but to provide drinking water to Haldwani.

Social activist Chandra Shekhar Kargeti said the main reason behind the delay in constructing the dam was pressure from quarrying lobby as existence of the dam would hit the flow of gravel and rocks downstream.

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath along with chief secretaries of both states have held a meeting in Lucknow recently over the issue. Modalities for signing the memorandum of understanding for making the dam are being finalised, they said.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 20:26 IST