What is DHARMA? International Dam Safety Conference to Be Held at Thiruvananthapuram (Download PDF)


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India will be hosting the International Dam Safety Conference - 2018 at Thiruvananthapuram on January 23 - 24. India ranks third globally with 5254 large dams in operation and about 447 are under construction. In addition, there are several thousand smaller dams.

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Image of Dam Rehabilitation And Improvement Project

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What is DRIP?

  • The project DRIP consists of three main components;

    • Component I: Rehabilitation of selected dams and their appurtenances

    • Component II: Institutional Strengthening

    • Component III: Project Management

  • DRIP is a project being run by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR)

  • DRIP is run in the seven states of

  • Jharkhand

  • Karnataka

  • Kerala

  • Madhya Pradesh

  • Odisha

  • Tamil Nadu

  • Uttarakhand

  • Drip was launched in the year 2012 with a financial outlay of Rs. 2100 Crores.

  • DRIP is a World Bank aided project.

  • DRIP is aimed at the rehabilitation of old dams in the country that may be experiencing distress and are in need of attention for ensuring their structural safety and operational efficiency.

  • The project also aims to strengthen the institutional capacity and project management in this area.

  • Dam safety conferences are organized as an annual event under the Dam Safety Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP).

What is Being Done under DRIP?

  • DRIP has been engaged in bringing greater awareness on dam safety issues and finding novel solutions to address them by pooling the best technologies, knowledge, and experience available around the world.
  • Dam Safety Conferences are being organized as annual events in the different DRIP states.

Who is a Part of DRIP?

  • Dam professionals

  • Academicians

  • scientists,

  • industries

What Does Institutional Strengthening Include?

Institutional Strengthening includes

  • Capacity building in the DRIP implementing agencies through national and international training.

  • Equipping selected premier academic institutions in dam safety areas so that their expertise can be utilized to provide solutions to dam safety issues

  • Assisting in the development of Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for dams

  • Developing the software tool ‘Dam Health and Rehabilitation Monitoring Application (DHARMA) ’

  • Seismic Hazard Mapping for the entire Country

  • Development of Seismic Hazard Assessment Information System (SHAISYS)

  • Preparation of guidelines and manuals

  • Strengthening of Dam Safety Organisations etc.

Aim of DRIP Conferences

  • Deliberate on the problems associated with the dam safety

  • Share the concepts, techniques, instruments, materials etc. available to address the design and construction of new dams

  • Discuss monitoring, surveillance, operation, maintenance, rehabilitation along with disaster mitigation measures for existing dams.

  • Discuss contemporary developments in technology, materials, instrumentation, and their application in addressing dam safety issues will be shown during the conference.

  • Seven dam safety guidelines and manuals developed under DRIP will be released for implementation during the conference.

  • A software programme - Dam Health and Rehabilitation Monitoring Application (DHARMA) - will also be launched during the conference.

What is DHARMA?

  • DHARMA is a web tool to digitize all dam related data effectively.

  • It will help to document authentic asset and health information pertaining to the large dams in the country, enabling appropriate actions to ensure need based rehabilitation.

  • It is a new stride in asset management aspect by India.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 19, 2018

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