Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal took up issue related to water projects with Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister, Uma Bharti whom the former met on Tuesday. The union minister assured to approve the Rs 4,000-crore Lakhwar multi-purpose project. The Ministry is now expected tosend this project to the Central Cabinet.
The Union Minister said that in view of the importance of the Lakhwar project, its foundation stone should be laid by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
With the completion of this project, which is located in Uttarakhand, water would be made available to Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan. Haryana would have the biggest share of 48 per cent of the total water resources. This would provide additional water supply of 1.22 lakhs acre feet to Haryana and would help in maintaining the natural flow of the Yamuna River.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister also held discussion on the Renuka and Kishau projects with the union minister. He also discussed the matter of bringing water to Masani Barrage on Sahibi river, which would provide water to southern Haryana, including districts of Mewat, Gurgaon and Mahendragarh. The Union Minister said that a high-level meeting of the states concerned would soon be held.
The Chief Minister also submitted a proposal for rejuvenation of Yamuna river. A scheme has been prepared by the Haryana Forests and Environment Department for plantation of saplings and construction of reservoirs along the banks of the river at a cost of Rs 110 crore. The Union Minister said that a meeting would soon be held in this regard.