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Cabinet approves mega scheme for flood management

New Delhi : The Union Cabinet has given approval to a major flood management programme with an outlay of Rs 3342 crore for a two-year period beginning 2017-18.

The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi have its consent for the 'Flood management and border areas programme (FMBAP)', which is slated to be implemented throughout the country for effective flood management, erosion control and anti-sea erosion.

The FMBAP scheme is expected to benefit towns, villages, industrial establishments, communication links, agricultural fields, and infrastructure assets from floods and erosion in the country. The catchment area treatment works will help in reduction of sediment load into rivers.

The FMBAP scheme has been framed by merging the components of two continuing XII Plan schemes - 'Flood Management Programme (FMP)' and 'River Management Activities and Works related to Border Areas (RMBA)'. The aim of the scheme is to assist the state Governments to provide reasonable degree of protection against floods in critical areas by adopting optimum combination of structural and non-structural measures and enhancing capabilities of state and Central Government officials in related fields.

The funding pattern for FM component for works in general category states will continue to be in the 50:50 basis (50 per cent Centre: 50 per cent state) and for projects of North Eastern states, Sikkim, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the funding pattern will continue to be 70 per cent (Centre): 30 per cent (state).

The RMBA component is specific to activities in border areas with neighbouring countries and in accordance with bilateral mechanisms, the projects there will continue to be funded as 100 per cent grant-in-aid or Central assistance.

The projects under the scheme will protect valuable land from erosion and flooding and help in maintaining peace along the border. The scheme aims at completion of the on-going projects already approved under FMP.

Also, the scheme caters to hydro-meteorological observations and flood forecasting on common rivers with neighbouring countries. The scheme also includes survey and investigations, preparation of DPR of water resources projects on the common rivers with neighbouring countries like Pancheshwar multipurpose project and Sapta Kosi-Sun Kosi projects in Nepal that would benefit both countries.

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