CWC signs MoU with IIT Roorkee and MNNIT on dam safety

The Central Water Commission (CWC) has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee and Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Allahabad to support the dam rehabilitation efforts of various implementing agencies and CWC.
The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has taken on board selected premier academic and research institutes for capacity building in the areas of dam safety through the World Bank-assisted Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP).
An official press release said the scope of the MoUs includes strengthening the testing laboratories, enhancing analytical capabilities, exposure visits to best global institutions and on ground exposure to dam safety concerns to the faculty of these institutions.
The CWC has already signed MoUs with IIT Madras, IISc Bengaluru, NIT Calicut and NIT Rourkela for supporting these institutes for the procurement of specified equipment and software for enhancing their testing and modelling capabilities.
Last month, CWC facilitated the signing of MoUs by Madhya Pradesh Water Resources Department (MPWRD) and UJVN Limited (UJVNL), Uttarakhand with the Earthquake Engineering Department of IIT Roorkee.
It was for assisting MPWRD and UJVNL in the activities related to the establishment of seismic instruments, certification of these installations, generation of post-seismic event report having an intensity greater than 4.0 on Richter scale and sharing of these reports with State and Central agencies.
It also involved data collection, processing, monitoring, analysis, interpretation, integration of the State Dam Seismological Network (SDSN) with Indian Dam Seismological Network (IDSN) being maintained by national agencies to exchange the information and help to strengthen the existing seismological network for a strong national perspective plan, and conducting training programmes for the dam owning personnel.
DRIP is assisting rehabilitation of 225 dams in seven States which are experiencing different levels of distress. Owners of these dams require technical support for the investigation of dam conditions and supporting rehabilitation efforts.
The Government has decided to enhance the capability of selected premier academic institutes in dam safety areas so that they, in turn, carry out field investigations and material testing, and provide training and consulting services to the dam owners in their dam rehabilitation efforts.


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