Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sought the cooperation of his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren with regard to early completion of Ichha Dam and flood moderation in Chandil Dam of Subarnarekha Multi-purpose project.
In a letter addressed to Soren on Thursday, Patnaik has pointed out that Subarnarekha Irrigation project of Odisha will be able to utilise its full potential only after completion of Ichha Dam by Jharkhand government.
While expressing his happiness over Government of Jharkhand’s taking up construction work of Ichha Dam recently, Patnaik has said that Odisha government will extend all cooperation for construction of Ichha Dam and reimburse Odisha’s share cost of dam in time.
Patnaik has further pointed out that while Chandil Dam across river Subarnarekha has been completed since long but water has been stored up to reservoir level (RL) 181.50 m during monsoon against full reservoir level (FRL) of 192 m due to resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) issues.
As full storage capacity has not been utilised in the dam during monsoon season, Odisha is facing flood havoc more often, he added.
“I seek your co-operation in early completion of Ichha Dam for benefit of farmers of both the States and storage of water up to FRL in Chandil Dam in monsoon season for mitigation of flood in Odisha,” wrote Patnaik.
Worth mentioning, Subarnarekha Multipurpose Project was taken up as a follow up action for utilisation of water resources of Subarnarekha-Kharkhai basin as per the tripartite agreement made during 1978 among erstwhile Bihar (now Jharkhand), Odisha and West Bengal.