Kolkata: Public sector undertaking, Damodar Valley Corporation, known for flood control and power generation, has ventured into fisheries development.
“A decision has been taken to explore the potential of fishing in DVC’s reservoirs and we have already started work on fisheries development,” DVC Secretary Subrata Biswas told PTI.
DVC has four storage dams at Tilaiya, Konar, Maithon, Panchet and one barrage at Durgapur capable of moderating floods of 6.5 lakh cusec to 2.5 lakh cusec in the lower valley.
The Corporation would invest around Rs10-15 crore in the fisheries development project which is being carried out at the four storage dams, DVC sources said.
“We have already started working at the village level in West Bengal and Jharkhand for fisheries development by helping fishermen and farmers to form self-help groups (SHG) and cooperatives,” they said.
DVC would tie-up with the Central Inland Fisheries Institute and state fisheries department for technical knowhow.
The PSU has also decided to use some of its sites for promoting tourism. It has also appointed a consultant to prepare a report on the subject, the sources added.
Asked why DVC was entering fisheries development, the sources said the Minister of State for Power Jairam Ramesh during a visit here last month had said that fisheries development came under the Memoranda of Association of the Corporation.
Asked what the main functions of DVC were, the sources said as per the DVC Act, the statutory functions were flood control, promotion and operation of schemes for irrigation, water supply and drainage, generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy and promotion and control of navigation in the Damodar Valley and its tributaries and channels.
But along with this the DVC, has a role in promotion of afforestation and control of soil erosion in Damodar Valley, promotion of public health and agriculture, industrial, economic and general well-being of the residents of Damodar Valley, they said.