West Bengal Major Irrigation and Flood Management Project

News: Government of India, West Bengal Government, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB) and World Bank have signed a loan agreement for a project titled ‘West Bengal Major Irrigation and Flood Management Project’.


  • Aim: To improve irrigation service delivery, strengthen flood risk management and improve climate change resilience in the Damodar Valley Command Area(DVCA).
  • Significance: The project is intended to benefit about 2.7 million farmers from five districts of West Bengal.

Additional Facts:

Damodar River:

  • It is a river flowing across the Indian states of Jharkhand and West Bengal.
  • Origin:It rises in the Palamu hills of the Chota Nagpur plateau in the state of Jharkhand.
  • Main Tributaries: Barakar, Konar, Bokaro, Haharo, Jamunia, Ghari, Guaia, Khadia and Bhera.
  • The river was earlier known as the River of Sorrows as it used to flood many areas of Districts of West Bengal.