1K CR Dam Plan

Odisha is all set to take up massive improvement of 36 dam projects with a cost of nearly Rs.1000 Crore with World Bank support.

Under the New Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) Phase II and III, Odisha will be implementing this huge Dam Improvement Project, thanks to the support of the Union Government.

While Department of Water Resources (DoWR) has taken up various milestones in this regard, more is needed to be done as per stipulations of World Bank.

Odisha implemented DRIP Phase I and rehabilitated 26 dams out of which 6 major, 14 medium and 6 are minor dams.  

Major dams included Balimela, Hirakud, Rengali, ,Salandi and Upper Kolab and Satiguda.

Now under DRIP Phase II and III the Union Government has proposed to rehabilitate and improve at least 700 dams with a cost of Rs.10,221 Crore, said sources.

With Upendra Prasad Singh at the helm of Ministry of Water Resources, as Secretary MoWR, Odisha is getting lion’s share from DRIP, said sources.

While Odisha, which has 163 large dams is taking up all sorts of preparatory arrangements, Union Government has advised Odisha to take up the required criteria needed for clearance of the projects.

Mr.Singh, Secretary MoWR is in constant touch with the senior officials of the Odisha Government in Department of Water Resources (DoWR).

Loan Negotiation Meeting is likely to be held on February, 2020 and all the other States are getting ready for the meeting.

So Odisha, which is likely to take up DRIP Phase II with a cost of Rs.495 Crore is needed to invite tenders and complete the technical and financial evaluation of the civil works before the Loan Negotiation Meeting.

World Bank Team has already visited the State, while expressing satisfaction with the progress, have also advised to fulfill some of the criterions in this regard.

With Odisha having experience to handle DRIP projects, both Union Government and World Bank are more interested to support the State with more funding.

Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance will convene the Loan Negotiation Meet in February 2020, where Odisha Team is expected to take part in deliberations.

So getting ready for negotiations is required and the State Government will have to comply with 30 percent criteria of DEA to proceed further, said sources.

World Bank Team, which visited Odisha recently, had advised the State Government to speed up the construction work of spillway of Hirakud Dam, which is being built with the funding of the International Bank.

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