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Flood Management Projects

Devastation by floods is a recurrent annual phenomenon in India. Almost every year, some or the other part of the country is affected by floods. Floods cause enormous damage to life, property-public and private, and disruptions to infrastructure, besides psychological and emotional instability amongst the people. Rashtriya Barh Ayog (RBA) had estimated in 1980, total flood-prone area in the country as 40 million hectare (m ha) which was revised further to 49.815 mha by the Working Group on Flood Management set up by the Planning Commission for the 12th Five-Year Plan, based upon the information furnished by the State Governments. Proper management of floods constitutes an important element in national’s development activities. In order to protect human life, land and property from flood fury in the country; the state governments had been engaged in flood management works for last 5 decades and a total of 18.22 m ha area has been provided a reasonable degree of protection by the end of 10th Plan. Government of India has also been assisting the flood prone states in flood management and anti-erosion works for critical reaches, by providing financial assistance to the state Governments through a number of centrally sponsored schemes. In order to provide financial assistance to the State Governments for undertaking flood management works in critical areas a state sector scheme, namely, “Flood Management Programme” (FMP) was launched by Ministry of Water Resources under Central Plan, at a total cost of Rs. 8,000 crore during XI Plan. The Government of India has approved continuation of this Programme during XII Plan with an outlay of Rs. 10,000 crore.

The proposals of State Governments, which were appraised by the competent authority and secured all mandatory clearances including clearance from the State TAC, State Flood Control Board, Advisory Committee of MoWR and Investment clearance from Planning Commission, were considered as per Guidelines and approved for central assistance under FMP by an Empowered Committee.

Status of Implementation of FMP During XI Plan

  • Outlay during XI Plan = Rs. 8000 crore
  • Projects Approved = 420 nos
  • Central assistance released during XI Plan = Rs. 3566.00 crore (including Rs. 89.79 crore for spilled over works of X Plan).

Status of Implementation of FMP During XII Plan

In the meeting held on 17.10.2013, the Cabinet approved continuation of Flood Management Programme (FMP) during XII Plan for providing central assistance to States to the extent of Rs. 10,000 crore for taking up works related to river management, flood control, anti-erosion, drainage development, flood proofing works, restoration of damaged flood management works, anti-sea erosion and catchment area treatment. The approval of Cabinet was conveyed by MoWR on 31.10.2013 and modified guidelines were also issued on 31.10.2013. The proposals of State Governments, which were appraised by the competent authority and secured all mandatory clearances including clearance from the State TAC, State Flood Control Board, Advisory Committee of MoWR and Investment clearance from Planning Commission, shall be approved for central assistance under FMP by an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC-FMP) headed by Secretary (WR, RD & GR).

Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP)

A comprehensive scheme  titled “Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP)” with an outlay of Rs 3342.00 Cr (FMP-Rs 2642 Cr & RMBA-Rs 700 Cr)  for period 2017-2020 with merged components from the existing Flood Management Programme (FMP) and River Management Activities & Works related to Border Areas (RMBA) schemes during XII Five Year Plan  has been approved by the Union Cabinet on 07-Mar-2019  and aims at completion of the on-going projects already approved under FMP.
Central Assistance: A total 522 schemes costing Rs 13238.37 Cr were approved during XI (420 projects costing Rs 7857.08 Cr)  Plan and XII (102 projects costing Rs 5381.29 Cr) Plan. Out of these schemes, 235 schemes have been physically and financially completed; 168 schemes were physically completed with outstanding financial liability; 20 schemes foreclosed and shifted and 99 schemes are ongoing.  A Central Assistance of Rs 4873.07 Cr was released during XI( Rs 3566.00 Cr) and XII(Rs 1307.07 Cr) Plan.  A Central assistance of Rs 562.67 Cr was released during year 2017-18. Further a Central assistance of Rs 428.2 Cr has also been released during current year 2018-19. Thus, since start of XI Plan, total Central Assistance released is Rs 5863.94 Cr till 31-Mar-19.

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