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Cabinet approves Flood Management and Border Areas Programme

Date: 08 March 2019 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management

Union Cabinet has approved Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP) for effective flood management works in entire country and river management activities and works related to border areas. It has been approved for period from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with total outlay of Rs 3342.00 crores. It is merged version of two components of XII Plan schemes- ‘Flood Management Programme (FMP)’ and ‘River Management Activities and Works related to Border Areas’.

Flood Management and Border Areas Programme

It aims at completion of on-going projects already approved under FMP and will also cater to hydro-meteorological observations and flood forecasting on common rivers with the neighbouring countries.

It will be implemented throughout country for effective flood management, erosion control and anti-sea erosion.

Objective: (i) assist state governments to provide reasonable degree of protection against floods in critical areas by adopting an optimum combination of structural and non-structural measures (ii) enhance capabilities of state and central government officials in related fields.

Features of Scheme

  • It will protect towns, villages, industrial establishments, communication links, agricultural fields and infrastructure from floods and erosion.
  • Under it, catchment area treatment works will be undertaken that will help in reduction of sediment load into rivers. 
  • These works will help to protect valuable land from erosion and flooding and help in maintaining peace along the border.
  • Under it, survey and investigations, preparation of DPR of water resources projects on common rivers with neighbouring countries like Sapta Kosi-Sun Kosi Projects, Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project in Nepal will be also undertaken.

Funding pattern

  • For projects in general category states it will continue to be 50: 50 between centre and states.
  • For projects in seven north-eastern states, Sikkim and Himalayan states viz. Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand it will continue to be in 70: 30 ratio between Centre and State.
  • For projects under ‘River Management Activities and Works related to Border Areas’, it will be 100%  funded as grant-in-aid or central assistance.