Pagladiya Dam Project

This project meant for flood moderation benefit to an area of 40000 ha, irrigation to 54,160 ha and incidental power generation of 3 MW was proposed across Pagladiya River at Thalkuchi in Baksa District which falls under Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) in Assam. The project envisages construction of 25 m high and 21 km long earth dam with a concrete spillway. The Government of India had sanctioned the project in January, 2001 at an estimated cost of Rs. 542.90 crore for construction by Brahmaputra Board.

The start of effective implementation of the project is dependent on two activities to be carried out by the State Government of Assam viz. (i) Zirat Survey (property assessment) of the Project Affected Families (PAF) for finalizing the Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) Plan and (ii) land allotment / acquisition for R&R and project construction. These two activities could not be carried out due to the resistance from a section of the PAF. Even after vigorous efforts at various levels upto Hon’ble Minister (WR) and others with Government of Assam, no headway has been achieved.

Out of 7510 ha of land required for execution of Pagladiya Dam Project, 956 ha acquired by Government of Assam was made available to Brahmaputra Board. Due to inability of Government of Assam to acquire the balance 6554 ha for R&R purpose, work was held up and as per decision of 53rd Meeting of Brahmaputra Board, all activities were closed on 31st May 2013. Government of Assam has been requested to take over and make necessary arrangement for protection of 956 ha of land from unauthorized occupation. 

In the 7th Meeting of High Powered Review Board of Brahmaputra Board held on 11.02.2015 at Shillong, the issue of acquiring of additional 6554 ha of land required for construction of Pagladiya Dam Project was discussed and Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Assam expressed that the matter is to be discussed again with Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) to resolve the issue.


Important Links

Salient Features of Pagladiya Project
Declaration of Nodal Officer for Pagladiya Project by Government of Assam