Damanganga-Pinjal interstate river link project

Water resources minister Girish Mahajan, after a marathon meeting with Union water resources minister Uma Bharti, confirmed that the project has been approved.
A senior bureaucrat said the main objective of the Damanganga-Pinjal link project is to divert surplus stock of Damanganga basin to Pinjal reservoir in Vaitarna basin from where water from both Damanganga and Pinjal will be further taken to Mumbai city to augment its domestic water supply.
The bureaucrat added that Pinjal reservoir in Vaitarna basin can provide 865 million litres of water daily (mld), while the proposed Damanganga-Pinjal link project will provide 1,586 mld, resulting in an additional 2,451 mld of water for Mumbai.
Elaborating on the technical aspects of the proposal, the bureaucrat said the Damanganga-Pinjal link project envisages construction of a dam across river Damanganga near village Bhugad in Nashik district and a dam at Khargi hill across river Vagh, a tributary of Damanganga, near village Behadpada in Thane district. The project area falls in Trimbak tehsil of Nashik district, Mokhada and Jawhar tehsils of Thane district and Kaparad tehsil of Valsad in Gujarat. The bureaucrat added that while the total project cost will be Rs.2,746 crore, the total net annual benefit from various sources has been estimated at Rs.732 crore (domestic water Rs.725 crore and power generation Rs.7 crore), as a result, it has been presumed that the project will be feasible.
The state government wants the Damanganga-Pinjal interstate river link project to be declared a national project so that the Centre contributes 90% of the cost and it is taken for execution on top priority.
The state also wants a joint implementation board to be set up and the scheme of sharing water be part of the detailed project report.

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