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Renukaji Dam Project (40 MW) receives Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Approval

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Shimla: The proposal of Rs. 6,946.99 Crore for Renukaji Dam Project has been accepted by Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt. of India in a recent meeting held in Delhi. The communication to this affect was received today. The proposal will be further processed for investment clearance by Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt. of India and finally submitted for approval of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

This will pave the way for the release of funds of Rs.577.62 crore to the state Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) and subsequently Stage –II forest clearance.

Renuka Ji Dam Project envisages construction of 148 m high rock fill Dam on river Giri at Dadahu in Sirmaur District and a Powerhouse at toe of Dam. The project will ensure 49800 ha m of live water storage in its reservoir and a firm water supply to the tune of 23 cumecs to Delhi. An agreement for the Renukaji Dam Project was signed in Delhi among six states, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand in January, 2019.

The total cost of the project was revised to Rs.6,946.99  Crore on February,2020 though it was Rs.4,5,96.76 Crore in March,2015. The project will generate 40 MW power during the peak flow. It will be executed by HPPCL. The total submergence area of the project is about 1,508 hectares. After the construction of dam, the flow of Giri will increase about 110 percent which will meet the drinking needs of Delhi during the lean seasons.

Investigation works of the project began in 1976 but its construction could not begin due to various reasons. The 90 % cost of irrigation and drinking water component will be provided by the central government and rest by beneficiary states.

The shares of these states Haryana, Uttar Pradesh/Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi are 47.82 percent, 33.65 percent, 3.15 percent,9.34 percent and 6.04 percent

The Delhi Government has also agreed to fund 90 percent of the cost of power component of the project. An amount of Rs. 446.96 crores released by Govt. of India for land acquisition for the project has been distributed to the project affected families by HPPCL.

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