Rajasthan gets 9 mn acre-foot Ravi, Beas water, highest in 5 years

  • | Friday | 10th July, 2020

One acre-foot is equal to water in a football field with a depth of one foot.

Rajasthan received 9.051 million acre-feet (MAF) Ravi, Beas water this year, which is highest in last five years, said officials.

One acre-foot is equal to water in a football field with a depth of one foot.

The state receives its share of water from Ravi and Beas rivers through Rajasthan Feeder and Bikaner Canal. Rajasthan Feeder off-takes from Harike headworks in Punjab and provides water to Indira Gandhi Nahar Project (IGNP), which serves the command lying in western Rajasthan.

Ten districts, including major cities such as Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer, are totally dependent on the IGNP for drinking water. The Bikaner canal off-takes from the tail of Ferozepur feeder which in turn off-takes from Harike headworks and serves the command lying in Sriganganagar district.

Ravi-Beas water was allocated to Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and J&K by an interstate agreement signed on December 31, 1981. Rajasthan has been allocated 1.11 MAF pre-partition share and 8.60 MAF surplus water.

“As per the agreement, pre-partition share remains fixed but availability of surplus water varies every year. In case of any variation in availability of surplus water in any year, the share of Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana is changed on pro-rata basis,” said water resources department secretary Naveen Mahajan.

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