Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP)
By Sandeep nagyaan · 21 Sep 2018
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the revised cost estimate of the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP), along with a two- year time extension from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020, for the completion of the project.The revised cost of the project is Rs 3466 crore, out of which Rs.2,628 crore will be pumped in by the World Bank, Rs.747 crore by the DRIP States / Implementing Agencies (IAs) and Rs.91 crore by the Central Water Commission (CWC).
Dams under this project:- The 198 existing dam project under the DRIP are located in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Karnatka, Jharkhand and Uttrkhand.
Aim of DRIP:- (1) The project implementation was granted in-principle approval for two years extension in 2017 by the Water Resources Minister and the World Bank with a revised closure date of June 30, 2020. (2) Through institutional strengthening component, effectiveness of Dam Safety Organisations will be increased to take the lead in making dams safe from structural and operational point of view through capacity building of staff and officials. (3) The primary beneficiaries are both urban and rural communities dependent on reservoir and downstream communities, which are prone to risk associated with dam failure or operational failure. (4) The project will improve the safety and operational performance of selected existing dams and mitigate risks to ensure safety of downstream population and property, an official statement said.