Centre mulling national dam safety legislation
New Delhi: With hundreds of dams across the
country being nearly half-a-century old, the Centre on Tuesday said
it was mulling a legislation for their safety.
"A legislation is required to establish an institutional
system to regularly monitor the safety of dams. We are
currently talking to state governments to get their views on
the issue and we could come up with a legislation on dam
safety," Water Resources Secretary U N Panjiyar said here.
He 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," he said adding that other states can
pass a resolution in their legislatures to adopt the Central
law. Water is a state subject.
With several private players now involved in operating
dams, they would also be covered under the proposed law.
"While the Centre will carry out the overall monitoring,
states will have to set up their institutional system to
ensure dam safety," Panjiyar added.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Helicopter ferrying 6 pilgrims, woman pilot crashes near Katra
- Growing sense of despondency in India from last 6-8 months: Aamir Khan
- 8th Ramnath Goenka Awards: Sudhir Chaudhary awarded for Excellence in Journalism
- Tejashwi Yadav takes charge as Deputy CM of Bihar
- Arvind Kejriwal clarifies his friendly gesture with Lalu Prasad Yadav
- Swaragini: Ragini gets caught in her own trap; Swara slaps her
- Rahul's mails nail Peter Mukerjea's involvement in Sheena Bora murder case?
- Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh bypoll results: As it happened on November 24
- Lesson for jihadi aspirants? ISIS says Indians not good enough as 6 out of 23 fighters from India are killed
- Aamir Khan feels intolerance growing in India, says his wife suggested moving out of India