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MP to release water to UP from Bansagar dam

After the Centre s intervention Madhya Pradesh Government has ordered release of water from Bansagar dam to Uttar Pradesh
MP to release water to UP from Bansagar dam

After the Centre’s intervention, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has ordered release of water from Bansagar dam to Uttar Pradesh. This has resolved the water supply crisis which had arisen due to earlier refusal of Madhya Pradesh to release water to Uttar Pradesh from the dam on the grounds of non-release of share of funds by Uttar Pradesh to Madhya Pradesh.

Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti had called a meeting of the Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh on May 21, 2015 in New Delhi to discuss the issue of supply of water to UP from the dam. The MP Government had earlier refused to release the desired water on the ground that UP had not agreed to share the operation and maintenance expenses of the dam hence they have not stored the due share of water of UP. UP Government had refuted this claim of MP the MP Government. Accordingly, a Committee under Chairman, Central Water Commission had been constituted to examine the issue in consultation with all party States.

Bansagar agreement was reached between the governments of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on the September 16, 1973 for sharing the waters of River Sone and the cost of the Bansagar dam. The dam is located in MP and controlled by Bansagar Control Board, which is a subordinate office of the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India.

The Bansagar dam is a multipurpose river valley project, provides two million acre-feet water to MP and one million acre-feet water to UP and Bihar each. The dam provides irrigation facility over an area of 2490 square km in MP, 1500 square km in UP and 940 square km in Bihar. Additionally, the dam provides 425 MW power to MP.

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