The Union Cabinet approves completion of balance works of the North Koel Reservoir Project

The Union Cabinet approves completion of balance works of the North Koel Reservoir Project

The Union Cabinet approves completion of balance works of the North Koel Reservoir Project

On August 16, 2017, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval to the proposal to complete the balance works of the North Koel Reservoir Project in Jharkhand and Bihar.

  • An estimated expenditure of INR 1622.27 crore to be incurred during three financial years from the start of the project.

About the North Koel Reservoir Project →

  • The project is situated on the North Koel river, which is a tributary of the Sone river finally joining the River Ganga.
  • The North Koel Reservoir is located in the most backward tribal areas in Palamau and Garhwa districts of Jharkhand.
  • Basically, the construction was started in the year 1972 and continued till 1993 when the Forest Department, Govt. of Bihar stopped it. Since then, the work on the dam is at a standstill.

The major components of the project are: (1) 819.6 m long barrage at Mohammadganj, 96 km downstream of the dam (2) 67.86 m high and 343.33 m long concrete dam called Mandal dam originally intended to store 1160 million cubic metre (MCM) water (3) Two canals originating from the left and right banks of Mohammadganj Barrage with the distributaries system for irrigation.

  • With the new lowered elevation level (EL) of 341 m, the Mandal dam will now have storage of 190 MCM.
  • The North Koel Reservoir Project will take care of the irrigation needs of farmers in the most backward and drought- prone areas of Palamu & Garhwa districts in Jharkhand and Aurangabad & Gaya districts in Bihar.
  • The irrigation potential through this project in the two States would be as follows:

(1) Total irrigation potential: 1,11, 521 hectares

(2) Irrigation potential in Bihar:   91,917 hectares

(3) Irrigation potential in Jharkhand:   19,604 hectares

  • The Central Government will fund INR 1013.11 crore for the common components of balance works of the project as a grant from PMKSY Fund.

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