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Deadline to achieve Dam Safety extended till 2020

Published on June 11, 2018
The Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project(DRIP) is an initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, with World Bank financial assistance, to improve the safety and performance of selected existing dams and associated appurtenances in a sustainable manner.
  • But it seems that the project will not be completed by its earlier deadline i.e June 2018.
  • The meeting of Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) has revised the cost and deadline of World Bank funded DRIP.
  • The cost estimate for the project has been revised to Rs 3466 crore from Rs 2100 crore that was proposed earlier and a new deadline of June 2020 has been introduced .
  • In its first phase that was launched in 2012 DRIP had 223 dams in seven states narrowed down for rehabilitation and improvement.
  • The second phase of the ongoing DRIP is expected to cover 18 states.
  • In the original proposed cost of Rs 2100 crore, the State component was Rs 1968 crore and Central component was Rs 132 crore.

The single most important objective of this project is:

To rehabilitate ageing dams in the country that need immediate attention to ensure their structural safety & operational efficiency.

Other objectives of DRIP are:

  • Strengthened institutional capacity
  • Robust project management
  • Increased awareness on Dam Safety issues
  • Incorporating latest cutting egde technologies and experience to arrive at feasible solutions.

Expected Questions

The extended deadline of Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project(DRIP) is
a. 2020
b. 2019
c. 2022
d. 2021
e.  2023

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