PATHANKOT - Yet another Indian project has been launched to drastically cut water flow to Pakistan, Indian media has revealed.
The Shahpurkandi dam project will reduce the outflow of the Ravi river water to Pakistan once it is completed, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday said, NDTV has reported.
The Rs 2,700 crore Shahpurkandi dam project, being set up on the Ravi river, will generate 206 MW of power, besides having the potential to irrigate 5,000 hectares of land in Punjab and 31,000 hectares of land in Jammu and Kashmir's Sambha and Kathua districts.
"This water, which was supposed to irrigate fields in Punjab and J-K, was going towards Pakistan.
This project will reduce the water flowing into Pakistan drastically and will help save the critical water resources of the state," Mr Singh said while addressing the gathering in Pathankot. by Taboola link: Sponsored Links link: . link 11 Foods May Cause Cancer. Stay Away!Organic Welcome link
The chief minister, who was here for rededicating the project to people of Punjab, said it will be completed in three years. link [image: View image on Twitter] link: View image on Twitter] link: View image on Twitter] link: View image on Twitter] link
Finally on track to deliver the long-cherished Shahpur Kandi Dam to the people of Punjab. Happy to rededicate the project to them. It will not only utilise our water that flows into Pakistan but will help generate more power and irrigate the land of our farmers.
Of the estimated cost, which is in addition to Rs 640 crore already spent till 2014, Rs 1,408 crore would be spent on the power component, with 100 per cent share of the Punjab government, and Rs 685 crore on the irrigation component, with a share of Rs 485 crore to be contributed by the central government and Rs 179.28 crore by the state government.
The Shahpurkandi dam project is being constructed on the Ravi river, 11 km downstream of the Ranjit Sagar Dam project and 7 km up stream of Madhopur Head works.