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Cabinet approves Dam Safety Bill

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today approved a proposal for enacting the Bill 2018, which will help the states and union territories to adopt uniform procedures to ensure of reservoirs.

The Bill also seeks to constitute a national committee on safety which shall evolve safety policies and recommend necessary regulations, told reporters.

There are over 5,200 large dams in and about 450 are under construction. In addition, there are thousands of medium and small dams. Due to lack of legal and institutional architecture for safety in India, is an issue of concern.

The Bill provides for establishment of National Authority as a regulatory body which shall discharge functions to implement the policy, guidelines and standards for in the country.

In certain cases, such as dams of one state falling under the territory of another, the authority shall also perform the role of thereby eliminating potential causes for inter-state conflicts.

The legislation will address all issues concerning dam safety including regular inspection of dams, emergency action plan, comprehensive dam safety review, adequate repair and maintenance funds for dam safety, instrumentation and safety manuals.

The Bill also provides for constitution of a by the state governments.

The provisions of the Bill also lays onus of dam safety on the dam owner and provides for penal provisions for commission and omission of certain acts. The draft bill has been finalised after wide consultation with leading experts and international experts, Goyal said.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 19:05 IST