Srisailam dam in need of urgent maintenance

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News:Waterman of India Rajendra Singh has said that the Srisailam Dam in Andhra Pradesh needs repair, protection and maintenance works under the Dam Rehabili­tation and Improvement Project.

Facts:

About Srisailam Dam:

  • The Srisailam dam is constructed across the Krishna River in Andhra Pradesh.It is located in the Nallamala hills.
  • Several floods in the region have created a need for repair and maintenance of the Srisailam dam.

About Dam Rehabili­tation and Improvement Project:

  • The Dam Rehabili­tation and Improvement project was launched in 2012 under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation(now Ministry of Jal Shakti).It is a World Bank assisted project.
  • The Central Dam Safety Organisation of Central Water Commission is coordinating and supervising the Project implementation.

Objectives of the project:

  • To improve the safety and operational performance of selected existing dams and associated appurtenances in a sustainable manner
  • To improve institutional capacities for dam safety evaluation and implementation at the Central and State levels.

Funding:

  • The DRIP is an externally-aided project.80% of the total project is provided by the World Bank as loan/credit and remaining 20% is borne by the States / Central Government (for CWC). 
  • Govt. of India has not sought funding from any internal agency for this project.

Additional information:

About Rajinder Singh:

  • Rajinder Singh is a well known water conservationist and environmentalist from Rajasthan.
  • He was awarded the Magsaysay Award in 2001 and Stockholm Water Prize in 2015.
  • He is credited with harvesting rainwater for drinking and domestic purposes by building check dams in Alwar and nearby districts of Rajasthan. 
  • The idea was to revive the use of traditional technology of Johad,an ancient water conservation technique to replenish the water sources. 
  • Johad is a concave structure that collects and stores water throughout the year for drinking purposes by humans and cattle.
  • It is the successful implementation of this ancient innovation that earned him the name ‘Jal Purush’ or the ‘Waterman of India’.