Kanhar dam to take shape, finally | The Times of India
Pankaj Shah, TNN | May 24, 2015, 01.23AM IST | http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Kanhar-dam-to-take-shape-finally/articleshow/47401277.cms
Irrigation principal secretary Deepak Singhal confirmed concreting would begin by first week of June. "We are entering the decisive stage of the dam which got delayed repeatedly because of extraneous factors," he said, speaking to TOI.
The development comes days after the Chhattisgarh government asked UP to halt the construction of dam till compensation issues in the tribal dominated state are settled. According to a survey, four villages are feared to be affected by the project in Chhattisgarh's Balrampur-Ramanujganj district namely Jhaara, Kushfar, Semruva and Trishuli. In all, an area of around 258.40 hectare is estimated to be submerged. Singhal, however, claimed that the issue has been resolved with the Chhatisgarh government.
The construction of the dam started once again in 1984 and was scheduled to be completed by 2008. As per a document of irrigation department, in its conceptual stage, the dam—proposed on the confluence of river Pagal and Kanhar—was estimated to come at a cost of around Rs 28 crore. But the project never took off even as the cost of the project overshot by huge proportions. It is now proposed to come up at a cost of over Rs 3,000 crore.
The project, in any case, is one of its kind in UP. Projected to serve more than 33,000 hectares of land the dam will serve through a network of 121.10 kilometers long main canal and another 150km of minor canals. Spanning over a length of nearly 3.2km the dam will have a maximum height of around 40 meters to store 0.160 million acres feet (MAF) of water which will flow through 14 gates having a dimension of 13 x 15 meters.
The project, as a matter of fact, has been facing a raging opposition from the tribals in the region. In April, the police had to open fire on protesting tribal who had gathered at the dam site to condemn the land acquisition for the project. The tribals like Bhooinus, Kharwars, Gondhs, Cheros and Panikas who dominate the region, have been against the project apprehending it would destroy around 2,500 hectare of dense forests and submerge 87 villages once it comes up.