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Cabinet okays revised cost, timeline for dam rehab project

New Delhi : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the revised cost estimate of the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP). The CCEA has also given a two-year time extension from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020, for completion of the project.

The revised cost of the project is Rs 3466 crore, out of which Rs 2628 crore will be pumped in by the World Bank, Rs 747 crore by the DRIP states or implementing agencies (IAs) and Rs 91 crore by the Central Water Commission (CWC).

The project envisions institutional strengthening and project management, including capacity building of staff and officials to ensure operational safety.

Also, the project aims at comprehensive rehabilitation of 198 existing dam projects located in seven Indian states - Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand (Damodar Valley Corporation) and Uttarakhand (Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited).

The primary beneficiaries of the project are both urban and rural communities dependent on reservoir and downstream communities, which are prone to risk associated with dam failure or operational failure.

It also aims at ensuring the safety of downstream population and property that are affected in the case of a dam failure or operational failure.

The new closure date for the project has been jointly decided by the Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and the World Bank.

The initial cost of DRIP was Rs 2100 crore with state component of Rs 1968 crore and Central component of Rs 132 crore. Initially the project was a six-year one, which commenced on April 18, 2012 with a scheduled closing on June 30, 2018.

Initially the project was for six years, commencing in April 2012 with a scheduled closing in June 2018.

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