Hathnikund Barrage

2023 AUG 3

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Why in news?

  • The over release of water from the Hathnikund barrage is causing flooding in the national capital, New Delhi.

About Hathnikund Barrage:

Dam v/s Barrage:

A barrage regulates the diversion of river water as per demands in canals.

A dam collects water, especially to make a reservoir.

  • The Hathnikund is a barrage on the river Yamuna.
  • The Hathnikund barrage’s main function is to divert Yamuna’s water to the canals.
  • The barrage is located on the UP-Haryana border with the left side maintained by the UP government and the right by Haryana. The water management is, however, managed entirely by Haryana.
  • The water from Hathnikund barrage is supplied to three channels.


  • Regulating authority:
    • Water regulation through Hathinikund barrage is regulated by the Upper Yamuna River Board.
    • The board has representatives of all riparian stakeholders of the river - Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
    • Every state gets the share of the water as agreed upon the agreement signed on May 12, 1994 between the states.


Hathnikund is a barrage on the river:

(a) Ganga

(b) Yamuna

(c) Godavari

(d) Son