Cabinet to consider proposal on dam safety

The Union Cabinet is likely to consider tomorrow a proposal of the Water Resources Ministry for bringing a legislation on dam safety.

Last Updated: May 12, 2010, 21:56 PM IST

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet is likely to
consider tomorrow a proposal of the Water Resources Ministry
for bringing a legislation on dam safety.

The draft legislation aims to establish an institutional
system to regularly monitor the safety of large dams.

Ministry sources said while some states, including Bihar,
have their own dam safety laws, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh
have authorised Parliament to make a law on dam safety.

As per constitutional provisions, if two or more states
authorise Parliament to make a law on a state subject, the
Centre can pass a law and other states can pass a resolution
in their legislatures to adopt the central law. Water is a
state subject.

PTI