Aug. 29, 2018

The Centre signed a MoU with the six Upper Yamuna basin states for the construction of Lakhwar multi-purpose project in Uttarakhand on Yamuna near Dehradun.


The Lakhwar project envisages construction of a 204-metre-high concrete dam across river Yamuna near Lohari village in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand with a live storage capacity of 330.66 million cubic metre (MCM).

  • This storage will provide over 78 MCM water for domestic and industrial use in the six basin states (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Delhi).

  • It will also irrigate 33,780 hectares of land and generate 300 Megawatt of power.

  • The project is to be executed by Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVL).

  • Background:
    • The project was initially approved in 1976 but work got suspended in 1992.

    • The 6 states signed a MoU in 1994 regarding allocation of surface flow of River Yamuna.