Foundation stone laid for Rs 2,715.70 crore Shahpur Kandi project

Twenty four years after the foundation stone was laid for the first time by the then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao the ambitious 206-MW Shahpur Kandi dam project, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh once again laid the foundation for the project to be built on the Ravi.

The overall cost of the project is pegged at Rs 2,715.70 crore and is slated to be completed by June 2022. It will allow India to control its share of the Ravi waters flowing into Pakistan.

Accompanied by Power Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar, the CM laid the foundation stone for the project, which was stalled due to various reasons.

According to Jakhar, “The construction of the dam was initially approved by the Planning Commission in November 2001 but the work could not make much progress due to the fund crunch in the Punjab Government. Later when the work began, it again got halted following a dispute between Punjab and J&K. A series of meetings held bilaterally and the Centre finally paved the way for an agreement between the two states.”

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