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Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 05, Aug 2021
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Objective: To improve safety and operational performance of selected dams, along with institutional strengthening with system wide management approach

  • India ranks third globally with 5334 large dams in operation
  • These dams are vital for ensuring the water security of the Country; and these also constitute a major responsibility in terms of asset management and safety.
  • In April 2012, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation through Central Water Commission  embarked upon the six year Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) with World Bank assistance at a cost of INR 2100 Crore (US$M 437.5).
  • The Second Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP-2) will strengthen dam safety by building dam safety guidelines, bring in global experience, and introduce innovative technologies
  • The project will be implemented in approximately 120 dams across the states of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Odisha, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu

Important measures by DRIP-2

  • Flood forecasting systems and integrated reservoir operations that will contribute to building climate resilience
  • the preparation and implementation of Emergency Action Plans to enable vulnerable downstream communities to prepare for and enhance resilience against the possible negative impacts and risks of climate change
  • the piloting of supplemental revenue generation schemes such as floating solar panels