In news- The Government of India and the World Bank recently signed a $250 million project DRIP-2.
About Second Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP-2)-
- DRIP-2 will strengthen dam safety by building dam safety guidelines, bring in global experience, and introduce innovative technologies.
- It is likely to transform dam safety management with the introduction of a risk-based approach to dam asset management that will help to effectively allocate financial resources towards priority dam safety needs.
- It will support flood forecasting systems and integrated reservoir operations that will contribute to building climate resilience and the preparation and implementation of Emergency Action Plans.
- It helps in enhancing resilience against the possible negative impacts and risks of climate change and the piloting of supplemental revenue generation schemes such as floating solar panels.
- 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, and at the national level through the Central Water Commission (CWC).
- Other states or agencies may be added to the project during project implementation.
Dam Rehabilitation And Improvement Project (DRIP -1)
- The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), Government of India, with assistance from the World Bank, took up the DRIP starting from January 1, 2011.
- The project was implemented in 4 States, namely Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, and Tamil Nadu.
- It improved the safety and sustainable performance of 223 dams in these states.
- The overall implementation of the project would be coordinated by the Central Water Commission.
The project development objectives of DRIP are: (i) to improve the safety and performance of selected existing dams and associated appurtenances in a sustainable manner, (ii) to strengthen the dam safety institutional set-up in participating states as well as at central level.