CCEA okays revised cost of completion of North Koel Reservoir Project in Bihar, Jharkhand

The CCEA has given its approval to the revised cost estimate for the completion of the North Koel Reservoir Project in Bihar, Jharkhand
CCEA okays revised cost of completion of North Koel Reservoir Project in Bihar, Jharkhand
CCEA okays revised cost of completion of North Koel Reservoir Project in Bihar, JharkhandEnergy Watch

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval to a proposal of the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, to complete the balance works of North Koel Reservoir Project at a revised cost of Rs 2,430.76 crore. The share of the Central government in the project cost is Rs 1,836.41 crore as against the balance cost of Rs 1,622.27 crore (Central government share: Rs 1,378.60 crore) approved earlier in August 2017. On completion of the balance works, the North Koel Reservoir project would provide additional annual irrigation to 42,301 ha in the four drought-prone districts of Jharkhand and Bihar.

North Koel Reservoir Project

North Koel Reservoir Project is an inter-state major irrigation project with the command area lying in the two states of Bihar and Jharkhand. The project comprises a dam on North Koel river near Kutku village in Latehar district of Jharkhand for hydro power generation, a barrage 96 km downstream of the dam (at Mohammadganj, district Palamu, Jharkhand), Right Main Canal (RMC) and Left Main Canal (LMC) taking off from the barrage.

The construction of the dam and ancillary activities was started in the year 1972 by the Bihar government from its own resources. The work continued till 1993 and was stopped in that year by the Forest Department, government of Bihar. Due to apprehension that water accumulated in the dam would threaten the Betla National Park and Palamu Tiger Reserve, the work on the dam was at a standstill.

Subsequent to the stoppage of work, the project was providing annual irrigation to 71,720 hectares. After bifurcation of Bihar in November 2000, the head works, ie, dam and barrage lie in Jharkhand. Also, the entire 11.89 km Left Main Canal (LMC) from Mohammadganj barrage lies in Jharkhand. However, out of 110.44 km of Right Main Canal (RMC), first 31.40 km lies in Jharkhand and the remaining 79.04 km lies in Bihar.

CCEA okays revised cost of completion of North Koel Reservoir Project in Bihar, Jharkhand
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The project was revived in 2016 and was supposed to cost Rs 1,622.27 crore

In the year 2016, the Central government decided to provide assistance for the completion of the balance works of the North Koel Reservoir Project in order to operationalise the project to realise the envisaged benefits. It was decided to reduce the reservoir level so as to save the core area of Palamu Tiger Reserve. The proposal to complete the balance works of the project at an estimated expenditure of Rs 1,622.27 crore was approved by the Union Cabinet in August 2017.

Subsequently, at the request of both the state governments, certain other components were found necessary to be included in the project. The complete lining of RMC and LMC was also regarded essential from technical considerations to derive the envisaged irrigation potential. Thus, the works of Gaya distribution system, lining of RMC and LMC, remodelling of enroute structures, construction of a few new structures and one time Special Package for R&R of Project Affected Families (PAFs) were to be provided for in the updated cost estimate. Accordingly, a revised cost estimate of the project was prepared. Out of the cost of balance works of Rs 2,430.76 crore, the Central would provide Rs 1,836.41 crore.

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