DRIP for Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement

Q.  The DRIP project is related to
- Published on 19 Feb 16

a. Rehabilitation of disaster victims
b. Drip and sprinkle irrigation
c. Dams
d. Drip irrigation

ANSWER: Dams
 
  • In April 2012, the Central Water Commission (CWC) with assistance from the World Bank embarked upon the six year Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP).
  • The project originally envisaged the rehabilitation and improvement of about 223 dams within four states namely, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Tamil Nadu and later Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand joined DRIP and total number of dams covered under DRIP increased to 250.
  • The old dams designed and built to withstand certain levels of flood and earthquake and may not meet the revised estimates based on information gathered over the period. The design practices and safety considerations prevailing at that time also do not match with the current design standards and the safety norms.
  • The engineering properties of the foundation or the material used to build the dams can deteriorate over time. Owing to these factors and issues of differed maintenance, some of the dams may be experiencing distress and require urgent repairs to ensure their safety and restore their operational reliability.

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