Govt to study diversion of tailrace water from Koyna, Tata project

ST Correspondent
Friday, 3 August 2018

As per a GR, currently, the tailrace water is diverted towards Konkan and western Maharashtra. The notification states that water for drinking and for irrigation takes preference over the generation of electricity.

Pune: The State government on Thursday decided to form a study group to study the reduction of diversion of tailrace water from Koyna Hydro Electric Project and Tata Group of Hydro Electric Project into the surplus basin in a phased manner. 

As per a government resolution (GR) released on Thursday, currently, the tailrace water is diverted towards Konkan and western Maharashtra. The notification states that water for drinking and for irrigation takes preference over the generation of electricity and so the group is formed to study the consequences of the reduction of water in a phased manner. 

The group will comprise authorities from Water Resources Department, Irrigation Department and officials from the two hydro electric projects. “While there are other ways to generate electricity the government is planning to study diversion of water from the project. The increasing development and need of water for drinking, irrigation and industrial areas are forcing the government to take the steps. Similarly, there is need of water in eastern parts of Maharashtra for irrigation purpose and so the group will study the consequences of diverting the water to eastern parts of the state. Steps will also be taken to find new sources of water in Konkan,” the notification stated.

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