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Governor requests GoI to expedite Investment Clearance process of Renukaji Dam

Yadavindra S Rana | July 15, 2020 10:43 AM

SHIMLA:Governor Bandaru Dattatraya has written a letter to the Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Water Resources, River Development urging therein the Government of India to expedite the process of granting Investment Clearance to Renukaji Dam project so that the project proposal gets approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) and the project construction activities could see the light of the day.
It is also stated that the state government was fully committed to fulfill the objectives of the project and all technical clearances such as environmental clearance; forest clearance (stage-I) have been obtained. The letter further stated that stage-II forest clearance was yet to obtain and it would be obtained after receipt of funds from government of India and subsequent deposition of Rs 577.62 crore in state’s CAMPA account.
Mr Dattatraya said that it was a project of 'National Importance' and would provide 49800 ha m (0.498 BCM) of live storage in its reservoir and a firm water supply to the tune of 23 cusecs to Delhi. Six states of the Yamuna Basin i.e Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan would benefit from the project, he added. He said that the project would also provide 40 MW of clean power to Himachal Pradesh and carried immense importance for socio-economic development of the remote area of this District.
He said that some processes needed to be fast-tracked enabling the project to see the light of the day. He said that investment clearance proposal was pending for approval in the Ministry of Jal Shakti and after this clearance, the project proposal shall be put up before the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for approval. He said that only after this approval flow of funds from the Government of India would start and all the submissions needed for these approvals stand completed by the State Government.
Earlier, because of some objections raised by the state government the project has been delayed. The objections were-how much free-power from the project will be given to the state; where to rehabilitate around 11, 148 persons displaced; who will pay Rs 1, 500 crore for rehabilitation of displaced persons and state government was not ready to fell 1.50 lakh trees.
The huge environmental and rehabilitation cost besides the project construction cost have put a question mark on its completion. The total cost of the project is estimated around Rs 5, 000 crore. The water from Renuka Dam will be released into Yamuna River from where it will flow into Haryana’s Hathinkund barrage and finally reach Delhi. It is being constructed on a tributary of the Yamuna River in Sirmour district and will supply 275 million gallons of water daily to Delhi and also generate 40 MW of electricity for the state.

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