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Additional funds approved for dam safety in India

  • 13 March, 2019 - Additional funding of $137 million has been approved for a project that will help rehabilitate and modernize over 220 selected large dams in the Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand. The World Bank, Government of India and representatives of five state governments and implementing agencies signed the loan agreement for the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) late last week.

    The funds - which come nine years after a previous financing injection of $350 million from the World Bank - will be used for construction of an additional spillway for Hirakud Dam in Odisha state as well as to continue to help in rehabilitation and improvement of other dams including strengthening the institutional, legal and technical framework for dam safety assurance within the Government of India and in the participating states.

    Source - Water Power Magazine