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CCEA approves Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday approved a proposal for launching the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) with the World Bank assistance.

The total cost of the scheme is Rs.21,000 crore (Rs.1968 crore for State component and Rs.132 crore for Central component).

Of this, Rs 1680 crore will be funded by the World Bank, Rs 393.60 croreby the DRIP states and the balance of Rs 26.4 crore through central sector scheme, an official press release said.

The scheme would provide for rehabilitation of 223 dams in the States of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Tamil Nadu along with strengthening of dam safety institutions in the four states as well as at the national level in the Central Water Commission.

The release said the project would improve the safety and operational performance of selected existing dams with reduced risk of failure.

The primary beneficiaries of the project would be both urban and rural communities dependent on the concerned reservoirs for their water supply and livelihood as well as all downstream communities, who could be placed at physical and/or operational risk if dam safety is compromised.

With the institutional strengthening component, Dam Safety Organisations (DSOs) will become effective organisations that can take the lead in overseeing that dams remain safe from a structural and operational point of view, the release added.

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