The proposed Renuka and Kishau dams on the Yamuna have again become a bone of contention among the beneficiary states of UP, Haryana, Himachal, Delhi and Rajasthan following the opinion of the Union Ministry of Law and Justice that the

by Manshi Asher

New Delhi: The Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi is trying hard to soften Haryana

The Environment Appraisals Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests has agreed in principle to the construction of the Renuka Dam in Himachal Pradesh.

With this clearance, the work on the dam is expected to pick up and conclude in six years time.

Payment for use of eco-services like water has now become a reality in Himachal. The upcoming multi-purpose Renuka Dam, that will quench the thirst of millions in Delhi and produce 40 mega watt electricity for Himachal, is the first project in the state where use of water by the beneficiaries will attract a new kind of cost.

Towards purchase of land for the project by Himachal Govt.

Work on the project had been hanging fire

Project promises to alleviate Delhi water scarcity problems


NEW DELHI: Giving much needed impetus to the long-pending Renuka Dam project, the Delhi Jal Board has decided to release Rs.300 crore to the Himachal Government for purchase of land for the venture that promises to alleviate Delhi's water woes.

Completion of three Yamuna basin schemes only will solve Delhi's water problems- Arabinda Ghose It sounds cruel to say this, but the stark reality is that only when three projects in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand, hanging fire for more than two decades, are completed, water woes of Delhites can be resolved for a reasonably long spell of time.

The geochemical investigation of sediments deposited in the Renuka Lake basin and its adjoining wetland has shown variation in the distribution and concentration of major, trace and REEs.

Renuka lake, named after the Goddess Renuka ji, the mother of Lord Parashuram, is situated near Dadahu in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. Since years, it has been receiving silt and debris from 22 nallas, which are all around the catchment of the lake, which is causing ecological deterioration, habitat degradation and eutrification, etc.

The Central Water Commission failed to secure an agreement between Delhi and Haryana over sharing of water and power from the Renuka Dam at meeting here on Monday. With Delhi refusing to give in to Haryana's demands and depart from the agreement signed in 1994 on sharing of water and power, the matter is now likely to be referred to the Planning Commission for a resolution. Haryana's demand for a share from the water and power that will be generated once the Renuka Dam is commissioned has struck a discordant note as Delhi has objected to the change in agreement.