In April 2012, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (Now, Jal Shakti Ministry) through the Central Water Commission, started the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP). The project aims to improve the safety and infrastructure of selected dams. The project was initially implemented in 7 Indian States- Karnataka, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, and Uttarakhand.

Key Points for UPSC Prelims

  • The six-year project was funded by the World Bank at a cost of Rs 2100 cr. Later in 2018, the Government revised the cost to Rs 3466 crores along with a 2-year extension.
  • 223 dam projects were originally selected to be developed under the scheme, which was also increased to 257.
  • In October 2020, Phase II and Phase III of the DRIP project were approved to improve the safety and operational performance of selected 736 dams.
  • The project, worth Rs 10,211 crore, is being implemented from April 2021-March 2031, with the financial assistance of the World Bank (WB), and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

Four development projects in India approved by World Bank

Recently, the World Bank has approved four development projects in India worth USD 800 million. The four projects approved by the World Bank are- Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project; Chhattisgarh Inclusive Rural and Accelerated Agriculture Growth Project (CHIRAAG); USD 400 million Second Accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Programme project and Second Dam Improvement Rehabilitation Project (DRIP-2).

The CHIRAAG project worth USD 100 million will develop production systems allowing tribal households in remote areas of Chhattisgarh to practice round-the-year nutritious food production.

The $250 million DRIP 2 project will improve the performance and safety of existing dams across different states of India.

$68 million Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project will create opportunities for the professional development of teachers, improve classroom instructions, and build technology systems for providing access to online learning to the teachers and students.

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