- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the Revised Cost Estimate of Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) with the financial assistance of the World Bank to improve safety and operational performance of 198 Dams, along with institutional strengthening with system wide management approach.
- The CCEA also gave its ex-post facto approval for two-year time extension from 1st July, 2018 to 30th June, 2020.
- The project will improve the safety and operational performance of selected existing dams and mitigate risks to ensure safety of downstream population and property.
- The primary beneficiaries are both urban and rural communities dependent on reservoir and downstream communities, who are prone to risk associated with dam failure or operational failure.
- Further, through institutional strengthening component, effectiveness of Dam Safety Organisations will be increased to take the lead to make dams safe from structural and operational point of view through capacity building of staff and officials.
DRIP envisages following objectives: –
a) Component-I: – Rehabilitation of Dam and its Appurtenant Structures,
b) Component-II: – Institutional Strengthening and
c) Component-Ill: – Project Management.
The Scheme envisages comprehensive rehabilitation of 198 existing dam projects located in seven states of India namely, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand (Damodar Valley Corporation) and Uttarakhand (Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited).