Ignacio Escuder and Adrián Morales have coordinated and participated in the development of the DRIP GUIDELINES FOR ASSESSING AND MANAGING RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH DAMS IN INDIA, published within the framework of the DRIP project (Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project).
The Central Water Commission under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India has taken up the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) with funding assistance from the World Bank to improve the safety conditions of some of the existing dams in the country. Along with the implementation of a host of measures for improving the performance of dams of varying ages, it also envisages to prepare a set of guidelines that will extend further help to the dam safety professionals. One of them is these GUIDELINES FOR ASSESSING AND MANAGING RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH DAMS that proposes a risk-informed dam safety program for India, covering the existing methods and tools for qualitative and quantitative risk assessments applied to dam safety.
Currently, India ranks third globally having 5254 large dams in operation and 457 under construction. Aspects such as climate change, ageing of the existing dams and high population growth may increment dam risks in the future. In addition, the high number of dams and the system complexity makes the decision making process more difficult. For this reason, there is an international trend towards using risk analysis tools for taking decisions to ensure better dam safety management. In order to promote risk-informed dam safety management in India, Central Water Commission (CWC) has developed these Guidelines, based on international best practices on risk analysis tools explained and tailored to the Indian context.
These guidelines can be downloaded from this link.