Answer: World Bank provides financial support for Dam rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP).
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Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP)
- Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) is the World Bank assisted project at an estimated cost of ₹ 2,100 crore with the provision of rehabilitation of about 223 large dams in the seven participating states (namely Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand) along with institutional strengthening component for participating states and Central Water Commission.
- In Odisha, 26 large dams are covered under DRIPfor rehabilitation including construction of an additional spill way for the Hirakud dam to address the hydrological safety.
- In the 1990s, a World Bank assisted DSRP project was launched to rehabilitate 183 distressed dams.
- In April 2012, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation through Central Water Commission embarked upon the 6-year Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) with World Bank assistance.
- The objective of the DRIP for India is to improve the safety and operational performance of selected existing dams in the territory of the participating states.
Projects under DRIP:
- Dam Health and Rehabilitation Monitoring Application (DHARMA),a software tool for asset management has been developed to capture authentic data pertaining to all large dams to act as information repository.
- It covers the monitoring and health information to regularly review the safety aspects of any dam.
- Seismic Hazard Assessment Information System (SHAISYS)is an interactive program to estimate Seismic Hazard at a point in South Indian region.