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. 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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A Training Programme on Monitoring and Survey for Estimation of Structural Deformation for Dam Safety using Total Station and GPS and Terrestrial Laser Scanner-reg. is schedule to be held at IIT Roorkee during 28-Jan to 01-Feb, 2019.

Venue: Geomatics Engineering Laboratory, CED, IITR and field area in IITR campus
28-Jan to 01-Feb, 2019

Thirteenth World Bank Review Mission for Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project on 24th January, 2019 at Trivandrum, Kerala.

Venue: Trivandrum, Kerala.
Date: 24th January, 2019.

Meeting to Discuss the Draft Guidelines for Structural Stability of Dams and Introspection of Existing Seismic Design Practices for Indian Dams is scheduled to be held at New Delhi on January 31, 2019.

Venue: New Delhi
Date: January 31, 2019.

Training Programmes on Dam Safety, Portfolio Management and Risk Assessment to be conducted by M/s Entura are scheduled to be held on Jan.21-Feb.01, 2019 at IIT Madras and Feb.19-Mar.02, 2019 at IIT Roorkee.

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

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 Jan. 21-23, 2019; and Feb. 11-13, 2019.

Venue: Kerala WRD On 26th Sept., 2018

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

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



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