Renovation of Old Dams

New Delhi : Central Water Commission (CWC) compiles and maintains  National Register of Large Dams (NRLD) as per input/information provided by dam owners. Latest edition of NRLD was published in June 2019. As per NRLD-2019, there are 227 large dams in the country, which are more than 100 years old (constructed on/before 1921). List of the same is enclosed as Annexure I.


Government of India with financial assistance from the World Bank implemented Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) during April 2012 to March 2021, with rehabilitation provision of 223 dams located in 7 States (namely Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand). The objective of this Scheme was to improve the safety and operational performance of selected existing dams along with institutional strengthening of participating States/agencies. The original financial outlay was Rs.3466 Cr, with final completion cost of Rs.2567 Cr. The details of agency wise number of dams rehabilitated along with cost are given at Annexure-II.


Ministry of Jal Shakti has again initiated DRIP Phase II and Phase III by inviting proposals from the States. This new Scheme has nineteen (19) States, and three Central Agencies on board. The budget outlay is Rs.10,211 Cr (Phase II: Rs.5107 Cr; Phase III: Rs.5104 Cr) with rehabilitation provision of 736 dams. The Phase II of DRIP is being co-financed by World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), whereas funding for Phase III will be triggered at later stage. The Scheme is of 10 years duration, proposed to be implemented in two Phases, each of six year duration with two years overlap. Each Phase has external assistance of US$500 Million. The Union Cabinet has approved the Scheme on October 29, 2020. The details of agency wise proposed number of dams along with estimated cost are given at Annexure-III.


DRIP and DRIP Phase II & Phase III are State Sector Schemes with Central component, with back to back loan arrangement. DRIP had no central grant. In DRIP Phase II & Phase III, Special Category States i.e. Manipur, Meghalaya and Uttarakhand are getting 90% of loan amount as Central Grant from Government of India. The Scheme is planned for operationalization in October/November 2021.The details of State wise allocated budget and expenditure during last three years is appended as Annexure IV. 


This information was given by the Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Food Processing Industries, Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in the LokSabha today.


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