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THE BETWA RIVER BOARD ACT, 1976

Title : THE BETWA RIVER BOARD ACT, 1976

Year : 1976



Subject to the other provisions of this Act and the rules, the Board may, if satisfied that the Governments of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have complied with or arranged to comply with the conditions specified in section 11,-

(a) Carry out surveys and investigations in the Betwa Inter-State river valley and prepare a comprehensive project report for the construction of Rajghat Dam and appurtenant works 1*[and for the generation of power at Rajghat Dam, including the construction of a power house (hereinafter referred to as the Rajghat Power House) near the dam and appurtenant works] and finalise the same after consulting the Governments of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and taking into account the suggestions if any made by those Governments;

(b) Prepare detailed reports and estimates in respect of the Project and allocate the cost among the Governments of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh;

(c) Draw up standards and specifications for implementation of the project and for the maintenance thereof;

(d) Construct the Rajghat Dam 1*[and the Rajghat Power House] and the common carrier from the dam to irrigate areas in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh;

(e) Lay down rules of operation and management of Rajghat Dam;

(f) Perform any other function which is supplemental, incidental, or consequential to all or any of the functions specified in clauses (a) to (e).

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1. Ins. by Act 47 of 1977, s. 4.

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(1) The exercise by the Board of the functions specified in section 10 shall be subject to the following conditions, namely:-

(i) That the Governments of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh shall at all times make, to the satisfaction of the Board, suitable provisions as to the moneys, land facilities and electrical power for construction and all other things required by the Board;

(ii) That the liability for the entire expenditure on the 1*[Rajghat Dam and Rajghat Power House including appurtenant works and on the generation of power at Rajghat Dam] and all other expenditure incurred by the Board in the discharge of its functions shall be shared by the Governments of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in such proportion as may be specified by the Board:

Provided that the Board may specify different proportions for different works or matters having regard to the benefits which may accrue to the States and other relevant factors;

(iii) That the Governments of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh shall extend full co-operation to the Board and shall in particular make available to the Board the land and electric power required by it for construction purposes as expeditiously as possible.

(2) For the purposes of clause (ii) of sub-section (1), the expenditure on the Rajghat Dam shall include the expenditure incurred by the Government of Uttar Pradesh on the Rajghat Dam Project before the establishment of the Board and the Board shall determine the amount of expenditure so incurred by the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the extent to which it shall be reimbursed by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1977, s. 5, for "Rajghat Dam including appurtenant works".

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(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules, the Board shall have the power to do anything which may be necessary or expedient for the purpose of carrying out its functions under this Act.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provision, such power shall include the powers-

(a) To acquire, hold and dispose of such properties both movable and immovable as the Board deems necessary;

(b) To publish statistics or other information relating to the various aspects of flood control and drainage in the Betwa River Valley 1*[, the regulation of [Rani Laxmibai Sagar] 2* and the generation of power at Rajghat Dam];

(c) To require the Governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to furnish such information as the Board may require in the discharge of its functions.

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1. Subs. by Act 47 of 1977, s. 6 for" and the regulation of Rajghat Reservoir".

2. Subs. by Act 49 of 1993, s. 3

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Last updated on September, 2016

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