Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Silt Removal from Reservoirs

De-siltation of reservoirs is prime responsibility of dam owners who are generally State Governments or Central Agencies like BBMB, NHPC etc. In order to supplement the efforts of the State Governments, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation provides technical and financial assistance to encourage sustainable development and efficient management of water resources through various schemes and programmes such as Extension, Renovation and Modernisation (ERM) and Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Programme (DRIP). 

DRIP envisages the enhancement of safety and operational performance of existing 225 dams, in addition to building the institutional capacity of the Dam Safety Organisations of the participating states and Central Dam Safety Organisation in CWC. The project is being implemented with financial assistance from World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs. 2100 crore, in seven states of India, namely, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand (DVC) and Uttarakhand (UJVNL). This project commenced from 18th April, 2012 and will last a period of six-years. 

The issue of sediment management in rivers and reservoirs including siltation and dredging has been engaging attention of the Central Government some time. The need for formulating a comprehensive policy on sediment management cannot be overstated on account of its serious implications on flooding, environment, river health and navigation, etc. The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation organised the National Conference on Sediment management in Indian rivers in New Delhi on 17.03.2017. The Conference was attended by Union Minister (WR, RD & GR), eminent experts of different organisations / institutions in the water resources sector and senior officials from the different central Ministries and State Governments. 

The Conference had four different sessions on: Sedimentation in Indian Rivers-Status, Challenges and Opportunities; Soil Conservation and Catchment Area Treatment; Sand Mining and Dredging; and Framework for Sediment Management. 

On the basis of the recommendations of the Conference, the Central Government has initiated the process of preparation a comprehensive Policy and Action Plan on Sediment Management in Indian rivers & reservoirs, 

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

Courtesy: pib.nic.in

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