In Rajasthan Budget 2018. the Chief Minister has announced several schemes to the tune to Rs 52,000 crore, including development of the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) at cost of Rs 37,500 crore (1). The detailed project report for the ERCP has been sent to the Centre and Central Water Commission (CWC) has already approved its working.
Background of Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project: ERCP
The surface water of Rajasthan has been divided into 15 River basins and one outside basin area. It is estimated that out of fifteen river basins surplus water is available only in Chambal and Mahi basin. Within Chambal basin, during rainy season Kunnu, Kul, Parbati, Kalisindh, Mez, and Chakan sub-basins are also having surplus yield, while Banas, Banganga, Ghambhiri and Parbati sub-basins are deficit in yield.
Hence, Eastern Rajasthan Canal Projects (ERCP) is planned to harvest surplus yield available in the Southern Rajasthan rivers and transfer to deficit basins in South-Eastern Rajasthan.
Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project: ERCP
- The project will link the Kalisindh, Gambhiri and Parbati rivers
- ERCP is planned to meet the Drinking / Irrigation and Industrial water needs of the 13 districts of Southern & South Eastern Rajasthan viz. Jhalawar, Bara, Kota, Bundi, Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Tonk, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli, Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur of Rajasthan for Humans and Live stock till year 2051.
- The project will help to irrigate nearly 10 lakh acres of land, giving a boost to agriculture in the state,
- Additional Benefits:
- Will enhance availability of surface water & Ground water in the region.
- Will also take care of Flood/ Drought situation in the area.
- Would also boost the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) in Alwar district and generate employment for youths of the state.
- The state is likely to seek 60 percent financial assistance from the Centre to the project under national project scheme.
- The Project will be executed in three phases.
- The first phase of the project will extend from Galwa Dam to Dholpur,
- The second phase will extend from Galwa to Bisalpur-Isarda,
- The third phase will extend from Galwa to Alwar
- The project is proposed to be completed in three phases in seven years from year 2017 to 2023.
- First Phase of about 18474.0 crore is proposed to be completed in five year from year 2017 to 2021