New Delhi: The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Sh. Rattan Lal Kataria, Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti chaired a meeting on 03.02.2020 to fast-track the implementation of Ujh Multipurpose (National) Project, Jammu & Kashmir. Secretary (WR, RD & GR), Ministry of Jal Shakti, other officers from Ministry of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Power, State Government of Punjab and UT of J&K participated in the Meeting.
As per Government’s commitment to fast track utilization of India’s rights under Indus Waters Treaty, the project is planned to be constructed in Kathua District of J&K on the River Ujh which is a major tributary of River Ravi. This project will store around 781 Million Cubic meter of waters of river Ujh (a tributary of river Ravi). After construction of the project, utilization of waters of Eastern Rivers allotted to India as per the Indus Water Treaty would be enhanced by utilizing of the flow that presently goes across border unutilized.
It was decided that the project will be constructed in two stages. The stage-I of the project costing about 5850 crore has already been accepted by Advisory Committee of DoWR, RD & GR, Ministry of Jal Shakti and will now be presented to Expenditure Finance Committee for firming up the funding arrangements.