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DRIP - Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project

The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), Government of India, with assistance from the World Bank, is in the process of taking up the Dam Rehabilitation And Improvement Project (DRIP), which would be a six-year project starting around January 1, 2011. The project would be implemented in 4 States, namely Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, and Tamil Nadu. About 223 large dams in the four participating states with substantial need for rehabilitation and improvements would be included in the project. Development of appropriate institutional mechanisms for the safe operation and maintenance of all large dams would also be taken up in these states. In addition, strengthening of the institutional set up for national level dam safety surveillance and guidance would be taken up in Central Water Commission (CWC) under Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR). The project implementation agencies for DRIP would be the owners of dam (i.e. Water Resources Departments (WRD) or State Electricity Boards (SEB)) in the five participating States. The overall implementation of the project would be coordinated by Central Water Commission. The project development objectives of DRIP are: (i) to improve the safety and performance of selected existing dams and associated appurtenances in a sustainable manner, and (ii) to strengthen the dam safety institutional set-up in participating states as well as at central level.

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What's New in CWC

A Brainstorming Session with Former Chairmen / Members of CWC was held on 11.5.2019 at New Delhi to discuss various aspects related to role and activities of CWC and to seek their advice for improvement of the same.

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Draft Concept Note on "Premissible Velocity in Concrete Lined Water Condutor System (Head Race Tunnel) Conveying Water for Power Generation.(Uploaded in Circular section for comments within three weeks)


The total water available in live storage of 91 reservoirs in the country being monitored by CWC was 44.459 BCM as on 18.04.2019.This is 27% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs and 103% of storage of average of last ten years. The overall storage position is more than the ..Read More


Chairman, Central Water Commission handed over Emergency Action Plan document of Hirakud Dam to Principal Secretary, Odisha Water Resources Department on January 10 , 2019 at Rajiv Bhawan, Bhubaneswar. The EAP has been prepared under DRIP to act as model document for other Dam owners.


Govt of Gujarat has signed MoU on 7th January 2019 with Central Water Commission and CWPRS at Gandhinagar for Implementation of Coastal Management Information System (CMIS) in the State.