Published on: June 5, 2021



What is in news : Honnali in Davangere district received  clearance for Detailed Project Report (DPR) of two projects worth Rs 582 crore under Phase-II and Phase-III of the World Bank-sponsored Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP).

Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project

  • It was started in 2012 and was scheduled to be completed in 2018.
  • In September 2018, the Government approved its revised cost estimates along with a two-year time extension from 2018 to 2020, for the completion.
  • Apart from its general objectives, it also aims at ensuring the safety of downstream population and property that are affected in the case of a dam failure or operational failure.
  • It was initially taken up for the repair and rehabilitation of dam projects across the seven states of India, namely Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand.


  • Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, has approved the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) Phase II and Phase III.
  • It envisages comprehensive rehabilitation of 736 existing dams located across the country and complements the Dam Safety Bill, 2019.
  • Objectives:
    • To improve the safety and performance of selected existing dams and associated appurtenances in a sustainable manner.
    • To strengthen the dam safety institutional setup in participating states as well as at the central level.
    • To explore the alternative incidental means at few of selected dams to generate the incidental revenue for sustainable operation and maintenance of dams.
  • Project Cost and Funding: Rs. 10,211 crore.
  • Financial assistance of Rs. 7,000 from the World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
  • 3,211 crore is to be borne by the concerned implementing agencies in the states.
  • Implementation Period: Over a period of 10 years from April 2021 to March 2031, in two phases of six years duration with two years overlapping.