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Parched Shekhawati region in Rajasthan to get Yamuna water

The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, largely comprising Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu districts, will get the Yamuna water through a carrier system from Tajewala headworks following the resolution of a 24-year-old dispute with Haryana over water sharing.

The Centre will provide financial assistance for laying pipelines from Tajewala to major towns in the region.

Full share

The Upper Yamuna Review Committee had decided last month that 1,917 cusecs of water would be released from Tajewala headworks to the Shekhawati region for drinking and irrigation. With this, Rajasthan will get its full share of 1.119 billion cubic metres (BCM) of water in the Yamuna river.

Public Works Department Minister Yunus Khan said here on Friday that the pipelines would be laid at an estimated expenditure of ₹20,000 crore. In addition to the Centre’s assistance, the help of external financial institutions may also be sought for the project’s execution.

Detailed project report

Mr. Khan said a detailed project report for the work would be prepared within the next four months.

“The project’s foundation stone will be laid by this year-end. The water supplied through the project will be utilised for drinking and irrigation in an area measuring 1 lakh hectares,” he said.

As per an agreement signed between the Chief Ministers of five States in 1994, Rajasthan was allocated 9% share in the Yamuna waters. However, the desert State was not getting its share even when the excess water was available in the river between July and October every year.

Rajasthan will now be getting its full share from both Tajewala and Okhla headworks on thr Yamuna river.

The State’s share in Yamuna waters will be reserved even after the construction of Lakhwar, Kishau and Renuka dams on the river.

Mr. Khan said the availability of water would permanently resolve the issue of shortage of drinking and irrigation water in the three districts of Shekhawati region. “The entire region, situated at the edge of Thar desert, has been facing water scarcity since long. The supply of water will provide much-needed succour to the villagers and farmers,” he said.

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