Project estimated to cost around Rs16.25bn.
The chief minister said that the feasibility study for rehabilitation was conducted by consultants and draft feasibility was reviewed by experts while further revision in feasibility study was made by World Bank experts, including experts on dam design, sedimentation and structures.
He said the Consultant's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report was also reviewed by International POE in August 2017, after public hearing for the project's environmental impacts. The international POE has also submitted an environmental and social assessment report.
The chief minister said that additional studies had been recommended during the implementation stage, including location study for a new barrage, sediment transport modelling and monitoring study, physical model study in the United Kingdom/Holland for consultant's recommendation for changes in right pocket river training works, enabling an increase in the barrage flood handling capacity to 1.5 million cusecs.