Centre mulling national dam safety legislation
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 17:45
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.


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 17:45

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