Renuka Dam gets green signal

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Environment Appraisals Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests has agreed in principle to the construction of the Renuka Dam in Himachal Pradesh.

With this clearance, the work on the dam is expected to pick up and conclude in six years time.

The Dam, on the Giri River, will offer a storage capacity of 542 million cubic meters of water and an installed capacity of 40 MW of power and will supply Delhi with an additional 275 MGD of water.

“The water from the Renuka Dam will provide Delhi the much-needed relief since the city’s population is bound to increase in the coming years. The Dam has been planned keeping in mind the requirements of the Master Plan for Delhi-2021,” said a source.

The Delhi Jal Board has released Rs.300 crore to the Himachal Pradesh Government for purchase of land for the construction of the Dam.

Delhi will have to pay Rs.3,000 crore for the entire project.

Water from the Dam will be brought into the Yamuna through the Giri; it will then be released at the Hathni Kund barrage and from there passed into the Munak Channel and finally brought to the Capital.

The Renuka Dam construction had been hanging fire because of Haryana and Rajasthan’s refusal to sign on the dotted line.

Delhi Government officials are, however, optimistic that the concerns of Rajasthan and Haryana will be addressed and the pace of work will be increased.