India ranks third globally with 5264 large dams in operation and about 437 are under construction. In addition, there are several thousand smaller dams. These dams are vital for ensuring the water security of the Country; and these also constitute a major responsibility in terms of asset management and safety. In April 2012, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation through Central Water Commission with an objective to improve safety and operational performance of selected dams, along with institutional strengthening with system wide management approach, embarked upon the six year Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) with World Bank assistance at a cost of INR 2100 Crore (US$M 437.5).

The project originally envisaged the rehabilitation and improvement of 223 dam projects in four states namely, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Tamil Nadu. Later Karnataka, Uttarakhand (UJVNL) and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) joined the DRIP, and number of dams in DRIP portfolio increased to 257; due to the addition/deletion of few dams during implementation by partner agencies, presently 198 dam projects are being rehabilitated.

Government of India in September 2018, approved the revised cost of DRIP amounting to INR 3466 Crores (US$M 533) along with two years extension with revised scheduled closure June 2020. Union Cabinet in June 2018 approved proposal for enactment of Dam Safety Bill, 2018.

DRIP has been successful in bringing together dam owners, engineers, scientists, academicians, industries, World Bank as well as renowned dam safety professionals. In addition to rehabilitation of dams, other important activities include Design Flood Review, publication of important Guidelines as well as Manuals dealing with Dam Safety Management, preparation of O&M Manuals, Emergency Action Plans, development of web based asset management tool i.e. Dam Health And Rehabilitation Monitoring Application (DHARMA), Seismic Hazard Mapping along with development of Seismic Hazard Assessment Information System (SHAISYS), Risk Assessment of few selected dams, organisation of Dam Safety Conferences, national and international training programmes, technical exposure visits etc.

Under DRIP, capacity building in dam safety area of eleven academic institutions is being done. Also, capacity building of two Central Agencies i.e. Central Soil and Material Research Station (CSMRS) as well as Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), is also one of the activities. Collaboration with few renowned international agencies for capacity building includes Deltares Netherlands, Bureau of Reclamation USA, Japan Water Agency Japan, Entura Hydro Tasmania Australia. Also, few global dam safety experts also helping CWC to achieve the objectives of DRIP. The overall supervision and coordination has been entrusted to Central Water Commission, and is being assisted by Egis Eau, Engineering and Management Consultant.

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"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Henry Ford

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Third Party Construction Supervision and Quality Assurance visits by CPMU Experts during November 2018

DAM: Chandpatha, Umrar, Sanmachhakandana, Manimuthar, Manimukdhanadhi, Porthimund, Pechiparai, Upper (Tirpur), Lower Mullamari, Peechi Irr., Walayar, Kanhirapuzha, Moolathara Reg.
1st to 30st November, 2018

A Training Programme on DHARMA Implementation is scheduled at Bhubaneswar, Odisha during 14-16 November, 2018.

Venue: NWA, Bhubaneswar
14 to 16 Nov., 2018

A Training Programme on Flood Peak Estimation and Flood Routing is scheduled at NIT Calicut during 12-14 November, 2018.

Venue: NIT, Calicut
Date:12-14 November, 2018

22nd Meeting of Technical Committee of DRIP is scheduled to be held at Madurai, Tamil Nadu on November 19, 2018 followed by a dam site visit on November 20, 2018.

Venue: Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Date: 19-20 November, 2018

International Dam Safety Conference - 2019 at Bhubaneshwar, Odisha is scheduled to be held during February 13-14, 2019. for detail, please log on damsafety.in/idsc2019

Venue: Bhubneshwar, Odisha
Date: 13th to 14th Feb., 2019

Three Training Programmes on Dam Safety, Portfolio Management and Risk Assessment to be conducted by M/s Entura, Hydro Tasmania, Australia are scheduled to be held at IIT Madras, IISc Beganluru and IIT Roorkee during November-2018, January-2019 and February-2019.

Organised by M/s Entura, Hydro Tasmania, Australia at three DRIP Partner Academic Institutions
Venue: IIT Madras, IISc Bangalore and IIT Roorkee
Month: November-2018, January-2019 and February-2019

A Training Programmes on Damages due to Abrasion and Cavitation in Gates, Conduits, Spillways and Energy Dissipaters are scheduled to be held at IIT Roorkee during Nov. 19-21, 2018; Jan. 21-23, 2019; and Feb. 11-13, 2019.

Venue: Kerala WRD On 26th Sept., 2018



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