The Indian central government has given the green light to include the Jamrani Dam Multipurpose Project in Uttarakhand under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana-Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (PMKSY-AIBP). This decision was made during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- The Central government will provide Rs 1,557 crore to Uttarakhand for the completion of the Jamrani Dam project.
- The entire project is estimated to cost Rs 2,584 crore and is expected to be finished by March 2028.
Jamrani Dam Project
- The Jamrani Dam project involves the construction of a dam near Jamrani village, which is situated on the Gola River, a tributary of the Ram Ganga River in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand.
Irrigation and Canal System
- The dam will supply water to the existing Gola barrage through a 40.5 km canal system.
- This will provide irrigation water to a substantial area, covering 57,065 hectares of land.
- This includes 9,458 hectares in Uttarakhand and 47,607 hectares in Uttar Pradesh.
- The regions that will benefit from this irrigation cover Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar districts in Uttarakhand, and Rampur, and Bareilly districts in Uttar Pradesh.
- In addition to constructing two new feeder canals, the project will also renovate 207 km of existing canals and establish 278 km of solid field channels.
Hydro Power Generation
- The Jamrani Dam project aims to generate 14 MW of hydroelectric power, contributing to the region’s energy needs.
Drinking Water Supply
- The project will also provide 42.70 million cubic meters (MCM) of drinking water to Haldwani and nearby areas.
- This will greatly benefit more than 10.65 lakh (1.065 million) people in the Uttarakhand region.
- While both Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh will enjoy the irrigation benefits of the project, the advantages of drinking water and power generation will exclusively benefit Uttarakhand.