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The*Kalpasar Project*envisages building a*dam*across the*Gulf of Khambat*for generating*tidal power*and for establishing a hugereservoir*for*fresh water*for*irrigation, drinking and industrial purposes. A 10 lane road link will also be set up over the dam, greatly reducing the distance between*Saurashtra*and*South Gujarat.
 

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Kalpsar report finalized, govt to seek green nod



The detailed project report (DPR) on Gujarat Government's second most ambitious project Kalpsar, which entails a dam across the Gulf of Khambhat, after the Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam has been finalized by the state government after more than two decades. It is now -for the first time -sending it to the Government of India for environmental clearance.

Gujarat Government expects clearance from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union government soon and hopes to start ground work in the next few months. For the first time, the state government has proposed a `Kalpsar Project Implementation and Regional Development Act (Bill)' for establishing the dam development authority and other agencies for development of around 2,000 sq km of reclaimed land (equivalent to Mumbai's geographical area). The state government has also finalized the structural design of the proposed dam and the regional development plan for the 2,000 sq km area.

A source close to the development said: “The long-awaited DPR has been finalized along with the final structural design and area development plan for around 2,000 sq km. We are sending it -for the first time -for environmental clearance from the Government of India.The state government has decided to take up the project in Public Pri vate Partnership (PPP) mode, which will not cause a burden on the exchequer. On the contrary , it is expected to generate financial resources for the state.“

The state government has proposed the formation of `Kalpsar Board' under which Kalpsar Project Implementation Authority (KPIA) will develop the dam and Kalpsar Regional Development Authority (KRDA) will develop the reclaimed land.

“The defining terms of the regional development plan will include construction of the dam across the gulf, along with a road and railway . There will also be multiple utilities and services; creation of a fresh water reservoir; construction of Narmada diversion canal; recovery and value added development of tidal affected land peripheral to the fresh water reservoir; construction of irrigation canal network and command area development in coastal Saurashtra along with multiple ancillary development activities responsive to scoioeconomic imperatives,“ added the source.


Environmental clearance to Bhadbhut barrage soon

A major barrage on the Narmada near Bhadbhut village near Bharuch, envisaged in 2009 to connect the industrial towns of Dahej and Hazira, is soon likely to be a reality as it is expected to get the environmental nod from the Centre.It is also considered a key component of the Kalpsar project.
 

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South Korea to Build Sea Wall in India


The Korea Rural Community Corporation is expected to sign a design service contract with the Government of Gujarat in India next month.

The contract worth 40 billion won is to build a sea wall for the Kalpasar Project in order to deal with the chronic shortage of water in the hinterlands of Mumbai. The breakwater construction alone is estimated to cost 12 trillion won and the size of the project can be expanded to US$20 billion when the transportation infrastructure, power plants and the like to be housed in the reclaimed land are taken into account.

The sea wall is to have a length of 30 kilometers, slightly shorter than the world’s longest Saemangeum Seawall in Korea. Still, the freshwater lake to be surrounded by the sea wall is expected to have a storage capacity of 10 billion tons, about 28 times that of the Saemangeum Seawall. The Government of Gujarat is planning to utilize the freshwater lake for potable, agricultural and industrial water supply while turning the region into an industrial complex. 12-lane roads and solar and wind power plants are scheduled to be built there.

“At present, only the Netherlands and South Korea have any experience of large-scale sea wall construction, and thus a lot of opportunities will be given to South Korean enterprises,” an executive at the corporation mentioned, continuing, “They need to form consortiums by section as the scale of the project is huge.” He added, “The corporation is planning to build similar sea walls in Indonesia, Myanmar, etc.”

It is said that the contract has to do with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Saemangeum Seawall back in 2007, when he looked around the sea wall in South Korea as the Governor of Gujarat and was impressed to the point of pondering upon a similar one in India. At that time, however, he failed to realize his thoughts due to the lack of financial resources. Last year, he visited South Korea again and discussed his plan with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Link :- http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/english/news/industry/14131-indian-water-project-south-korea-build-sea-wall-india
 
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