Six states- Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand signed an agreement for Renukaji Dam Multipurpose Project on January 11, 2019. The project is aimed at meeting the drinking water needs of these states.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi. All the six Chief Ministers were also present on the occasion
Renukaji Dam Multipurpose Project
• Under the project, three storage projects are proposed to be constructed on the river Yamuna and two of its tributaries - Tons and Giri in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. These include:
- Lakhwar project on river Yamuna in Uttarakhand
- Kishau on river Tons in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh
- Renukaji on river Giri in Himachal Pradesh
• These three projects were conceived in 2008 and were identified as National Projects.
• The 90 per cent funding of the cost of irrigation and drinking water component of these projects will be provided by the union government as central assistance.
• The remaining 10 per cent cost of the irrigation and drinking water component will be borne by the beneficiary states.
In addition to this, a concession agreement was signed for the Namami Gange projects for the city of Prayagraj under Hybrid Annuity Mode and One City One Operator Concept.
The Prayagraj Agreement was signed between U.P. Jal Nigam, NMCG and Prayagraj Water Pvt. Ltd.
Besides, the states had already signed an agreement in respect of sharing of cost and benefits of Lakhwar project in August 2018.
A similar agreement is scheduled to be signed for the implementation of Renukaji Dam Project.
Funding of the Project
Projects for Concession Agreement
• The trans-Ganga and Yamuna areas in Prayagraj namely Naini, Phaphamau and Jhunsi currently do not have any sewage treatment facility and thereby pollute rivers Ganga and Yamuna.
• The Prayagraj town already has a comprehensive sewerage network and sewage treatment facilities.
• However, these are with different operators and without long term sustainable mechanism for Operation and Maintenance (O&M).
• Accordingly, two projects have been sanctioned for sewage management in the trans-Ganga/Yamuna areas and O&M of existing sewerage assets costing Rs. 908.16 crore.
• These projects will lead to creation of I&D network and 3 STPs of total capacity 72 MLD (Naini - 42 MLD, Phaphamau - 14 MLD and Jhunsi - 16 MLD) and O&M of all the sewerage assets for 15 years.
• These two projects are under One City One Operator concept for implementation on Hybrid Annuity based PPP mode for the sewerage management of the town in sustainable and accountable manner and improve governance.
• These projects would lead to creation of new capacity of 72 MLD, rehabilitation of 80 MLD, operation & maintenance of existing STPs of 254 MLD capacity and 10 Sewage Pumping Stations.