Finally, Govt gives nod to 280 MW Ujh Project

Sahil Rasgotra. Updated: 8/12/2017 2:19:42 AM Front Page

Jammu: In a significant development, the state government has approved the execution of prestigious Ujh Multipurpose Project, a National Water Resources Project, ending the long wait spanning over 16 years after the process of preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) was initiated in the year 2001.
The multipurpose project, facilitating Hydropower, Irrigation and Drinking provisions, would be coming up on the River Ujh, which is one of the main tributary of River Ravi, in Kathua district.
Aiming at significantly adding to the hydropower potential of Jammu and Kashmir, the Ujh Project has been estimated with the potential of generating 280 Mega Watts of power and providing irrigation facilities to 16743 hectares of agriculture land in addition to 20 Cusec drinking water, 10 cusec each from left and right main canals for Kathua district, as per the pre-feasibility report of project.
The state government has accorded sanction to the formulation of necessary Detailed Project Report subject to various conditions, the major among which is 100% funding of the project by the union government of India.
Earlier, considering the importance of the project, the government of India had declared the project as a National Water Resources Project, assuring 90% cost of irrigation and drinking water component to be provided as Central Grant while the Jammu and Kashmir government would bear the rest of the project cost.
Among other conditions laid down by the state government as stated by its order numbered 321-PW (Hyd) of 2017, it has been mentioned that ownership rights over the project would vest with the J&K Government and the height of the dam is to be reduced in a manner so as to ensure minimum displacement and dislocation of the inhabitants.
The government has also demanded the relief and rehabilitation plans on the pattern of the one implemented in respect of project affected families of Kishen Ganga Hydro Electric Project (KGHEP). The project would be implemented under the aegis of the Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Department in the State Government.
It may be recalled here that the project was a long pending demand of the residents of the region. After Wapcos Ltd's pre-feasibility report was submitted in August 2004, the state government had informed the Centre that project had become viable, keeping in view the requirement of irrigation and drinking water, besides electricity production. The union government later declared it a National Project.
However, a substantial progress could only be recorded in September 2013 when a DPR was submitted to Central Water Commission (CWC), only to be required to be revised. The cost of the Project is estimated to Rs 3630 crores at April 2013 price level which would be revised now.

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