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The North Koel Reservoir irrigation project, work on which had started in 1972, is likely to reach completion with the Union Cabinet allocating Rs 1,622 crore for the purpose.
Districts like Palamu and Garhwa in Jharkhand and Gaya and Aurangabad in Bihar will benefit from the project. The Cabinet cleared the project . The allocated amount will be utilised over three years.
About North Koel river:
North Koel River flows through the Indian state of Jharkhand.
The North Koelriver is a tributary of Sone, which, in turn, is a tributary of the Ganga. Originating near Ranchi, it meets Sone in Haidernagar block of Palamu, travelling a distance of 260 km.
It is a rain-fed river.
The North Koel, along with its tributaries, meanders through the northern part of Betla National Park.
The principal tributaries are the Auranga ,Amanat and Burha
North Koel Project
The North Koel project is being implemented at Mandal near Kutku.
The project has a 64.82-metre (212.7 ft) high dam, from which water will be released for picking up by the Mohammadganj Barrage and Indrapuri Barrage. This Dam will be known as Kutku Dam.
Hydro-electric power generation would be 2 x 12 MW.
The project would flood 15 villages, of which 5 are within the Palamau Tiger Reserve( Jharkhand)
In 1974, this project was started promising to irrigate 120,000 hectares (300,000 acres) of farmlands of Palamu, Latehar, Garhwa of Jharkhand as well as of Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad and Arawal of neighbouring Bihar.