SRINAGR: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Governor, N N Vohra approved the revised DPR of the Ujh Multipurpose Project costing Rs.4750 crores. The project on completion will generate 186 MW of electricity and irrigate around 31,380 hectares of land in Kathua district.
In the revised DPR, the height of the reservoir in the Dam has been reduced, as a result of which the area under submergence has reduced from 41 sq km to 34.5 sq km i.e. reduction of about 7 sq km, with the likely population to be affected by submergence coming down by about 3000 people i.e from 11498 to 8684 souls.
The Government of India will be funding the project in the ratio of 90:10. The State will provide Rs. 475 crores as its share. The Relief and Rehabilitation (R&R) plan for the Project Affected Families (PAFs) will be on the lines of the Kishanganga Hydroelectric Project.
The Ujh Multipurpose Project has been a long pending demand of the people of the State and the completion of this Project within a period of three years will ensure assured irrigation to a vast area of 31,000 hectares, thereby, changing the agricultural as also the power scenario in the region. With this project, the socio-economic development of the region will receive a big boost.