Construction of Lakhwar Multi-Purpose Project in Uttarakhand . Chief ministers of five states – Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan – and Delhi to sign an MoU with the Centre for construction of Rs 4,000 crore Lakhwar multi-purpose project in the Upper Yamuna basin to meet the future water needs of their respective states.
The project on Yamuna near Lohari village in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand will cater to drinking water needs of the national capital and five states besides this it will generate 300 MW of hydroelectricity.
Lakhwar will be the third such major project after Renukaji and Kishau multi-purpose projects, which will take care of future drinking water needs of Delhi. The national capital currently faces deficit of 200 million gallons per day (MGD) of water out of its total estimated demand of 1,113 MGD.
Once completed, Lakhwar along with run-of-the-river Vyasi project in Uttarakhand will together supply 135 MGD of water to Delhi. Renukaji and Kishau projects have potential to provide 275 MGD and 372 MGD of water respectively, to the national capital. Vyasi project is expected to be commissioned by December.
After completion of all these storage projects in the Upper Yamuna Basin, total benefits in terms of additional irrigation potential created will be 1,30,856 hectares, water availability for various uses will be 1093.83 MCM and power generation capacity will be 1,060 MW.
Renukaji project is to come up on river Giri, tributary of Yamuna, in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh while Kishau project will come up on river Tons – another tributary of Yamuna – along the border of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.