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Environment Ministry approves Lakhwar Electricity Project on Yamuna River, Uttarakhand 

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Union Environment Ministry approves Lakhwar electricity projectOn 4th February 2021, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) gave approval for the Lakhwar Electricity Project at a cost of Rs 5747.17 crore on the Yamuna river at Dehradun district, Uttarakhand. With this project, Electricity upto 572.54 million units can be generated per year.

i.In addition to the electricity generated, the water storage capacity is also increased.

330 metric cusec meters of additional water can be stored.

6 states (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh) will get drinking water supply and water for irrigation.

ii.Cost Sharing for the Project:

  • 90% by Central Government funds
  • 10% distributed among the 6 beneficiary states.

ie; Haryana – Rs. 123.29 cr, UP & Uttarakhand – Rs. 86.75 cr, Rajasthan Rs. 24.08 cr, Delhi Rs. 15.58 cr, Himachal Rs. 8.13 cr.

Recent Related News:

i.1st Indo-Bhutan Joint Venture Agreement for 600 MW Kholongchhu Hydroelectric Project Signed.

ii.On September 28, 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated Six Development Projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission.

About MoEFCC:
Union Minister – Prakash Javadekar (Constituency – Rajya Sabha – Maharashtra)
Minister of State (MoS)- Babul Supriyo (Constituency – Asansol, West Bengal)

About Uttarakhand:

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Dehradun – School Capital of India
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