To fix the water dispute of Bansagar dam between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti has called a meeting of the Chief Ministers of both states on Thursday in New Delhi.
It may be recalled that UP Government in a recent communication sent to Chairman, Central Water Commission had requested that suitable directions may be issued to Government of MP to release 2000 cusecs of water from Bansagar dam for two months into Sone river against the due share of the State, one million acre-feet from the dam. In its communication UP Government has said that due to severe hot weather and scarcity of rains, an acute crisis of drinking and irrigation water has arisen in the districts of Sonbhadra and Mirzapur.
MP Government has refused to release the desired water on the ground that since UP has not agreed to share the operation and maintenance expenses of Bansagar dam hence they have not stored the due share of water of UP in Bansagar dam. UP Government has refuted this claim of MP Government.
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.