The Song Dam project, which provides 24-hour drinking water to the capital and revitalizes the river Rispna, has received environmental approval.
The design was approved by the Central Water Commission some time ago. Originally built on the Song River, the dam is about 148 meters high and aims to generate power up to six MW. The project proposed near Saundhana village in Dehradun is one of the most important projects of the state government.
Along with this, a proposal has been prepared to release the excess water from this dam into the river Rispna in Dehradun. To revive the response, the state government has also launched a campaign in the name of Rishiparna.
It was informed that this environmental clearance has been issued by the Forest Advisory Committee of the Union Forest and Environment Ministry. A special thing related to the Saung project is that there will be very little displacement of human population in this project.
Financial help is also sought from the center:
Financial assistance has been requested from the NITI Aayog for this project of about 1200 crore from the state government level. The lake at Saung Dam will be about 76 hectares.
Management unit has been formed:
To expedite the work of Saung project, the management unit of Dam Project was recently formed by the State Government. Under this, engineers have been deployed. Rehabilitation etc. is also to be done in the Song Project. This is the task assigned to the management unit.
Now there will be no difficulty in starting work on this important project. The project will supply gravity-based drinking water to the projected population of Dehradun city and its suburban areas. This will also help in energy production. Availability of water for irrigation will also boost agricultural production.
-Trevendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister Uttarakhand