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Cabinet gives nod to Shahpurkandi dam project on Ravi river

New Delhi : The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the implementation of the Shahpurkandi dam project in Punjab on the Ravi river and also sanctioned Central assistance of Rs 485.38 crore over a five-year period (2018-23).

Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Cabinet gave approval to the project that seeks to help minimise some of the water of Ravi from going waste through the Madhopur headworks downstream to Pakistan.

On completion of the project, an irrigation potential of 5000 ha in Punjab and 32173 ha in Jammu & Kashmir would be created.

A Government statement said the Central assistance to the Shahpurkandi dam project would be made through NABARD under the existing system for funding of 99 PMKSY-AIBP projects under LTIF.

In addition to existing monitoring mechanism for projects by Central Water Commission, a committee headed by CWC Member and consisting of chief engineers of the two states besides other officers would be constituted to oversee and monitor implementation of the project.

With the completion of the project, some of the water of Ravi, that is currently going waste, would be used in Punjab and J&K. Also, water being released to provide irrigation in 1.18 lakh ha area under UBDC system in Punjab would be managed and regulated efficiently through this project and irrigation in the area would get benefitted.

On the project's completion, Punjab would also be able to generate 206 MW of hydropower.

The implementation of project would alsohelp generate 6.2 lakh man-days employment for unskilled workers, 6.2 lakh man-days employment for semi-skilled andl 1.67 lakh man-days employment for skilled workers.

The balance cost of works component of Shahpurkandi dam project is Rs 1973.53 core, with an irrigation component of Rs 564.63 crore and power component of Rs 1408.90 crore.

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