You are here: Home » » Story

Union Govt accepts Rs 85000-crore multi-purpose projects

New Delhi : The Union Government has accepted the over Rs 80,000 crore multipurpose Kaleshwaram project of Telangana that aims to bring as many as 13 districts in the state under irrigation bessides providing drinking water to the state Capital Hyderabad and nearby areas.

Besides the mega project, the advisory committee of the Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry has also accepted in its recent meeting, other irrigation & multipurpose projects and four flood management schemes and master plans with a cumulative cost of Rs 84,748 crore. The projects are across six states & a Union Territory (UT).

The Kaleshwaram project, with an estimated cost of Rs 80190.46 crores, involves diversion of 195 TMC (5522 million cubic meter) of Godavari water to irrigate about 18.25 lakh acres of land in 13 out of 31 districts of Telangana.

The project will also help stabilize about 18.82 lakh acres of land under different projects of the state. In addition to this, it will also provide 40 TMC (1133 MCM) of drinking water to Hyderabad, Secundarabad and villages enroute and 16 TMC (453 MCM) of industrial water.

In Maharashtra, the Upper Pravara (Nilwande-II) project that has got the approval, entails an estimated cost of Rs 2232.62 crore and will irrigate an area of 212,758 acres and provide drinking water to the tune of 13.15 MCM.

The Mahananda Flood Management Scheme (Phase-II) of Bihar, Seer Khad Project of Himachal Pradesh, Yanam Flood Protection Works Puducherry (UT) and Ghatal Master Plan (Phase-I) of West Bengal were also accepted in the meeting. These projects will provide flood protection to about 13,58,000 persons and save about 451,750 acres of area from flooding.

The advisory committee, which under the chairmanship of Union Water Resources Secretary UP Singh, had assessed the techno-economic viability of the projects.

Why forests should take centre stage during the water decade

Only a tiny fraction of national biodiversity plans consider the impact of forests on water supply, and only a fraction of national water plans place ecosystems at their centre.