Almost Rs. 4,000 crore will be spent on building the Lakhwar dam in Uttarakhand in the Upper Yamuna basin.
The Centre and six States signed an agreement for the project recently..
The MoU was signed by Nitin Gadkari, Water Resources Minister, with each of the six Chief Ministers - Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi, Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh, Vasundhara Raje of Rajasthan, Trivendra Singh Rawat of Uttarakhand, Manohar Lal of Haryana and Jai Ram Thakur of Himachal Pradesh.
The project will be funded 90 per cent by the Centre, with the remaining cost to be borne by the States. Upper Yamuna refers to the stretch of river from its origin to the Okhla barrage in Delhi.
Speaking at the press conference, Gadkari said the project will raise storage levels and increase the water availability in the Yamuna by 65 per cent.
The States will get more water for drinking, irrigation and industrial use during December-June.
Responding to a question on the Ken-Betwa river linking project which required an agreement between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, Gadkari said Adityanath had given the green signal, while an approval from Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj Singh Chauhan was awaited.
Gadkari indicated that work on the Ken-Betwa river linking will also start soon.
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