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DRIP Phase II and Phase III

  • 30 Oct 2020
  • 2 min read

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Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, has approved the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) Phase II and Phase III.

  • It envisages comprehensive rehabilitation of 736 existing dams located across the country and complements the Dam Safety Bill, 2019.

Key Points

  • Objectives:
    • To improve the safety and performance of selected existing dams and associated appurtenances in a sustainable manner.
    • To strengthen the dam safety institutional setup in participating states as well as at the central level.
    • To explore the alternative incidental means at few of selected dams to generate the incidental revenue for sustainable operation and maintenance of dams.
  • Project Cost and Funding: Rs. 10,211 crore.
  • Implementation Period: Over a period of 10 years from April 2021 to March 2031, in two phases of six years duration with two years overlapping.

Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project

  • It was started in 2012 and was scheduled to be completed in 2018.
    • In September 2018, the Government approved its revised cost estimates along with a two-year time extension from 2018 to 2020, for the completion.
  • Apart from its general objectives, it also aims at ensuring the safety of downstream population and property that are affected in the case of a dam failure or operational failure.
  • It was initially taken up for the repair and rehabilitation of dam projects across the seven states of India, namely Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand.

Source: PIB

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