Bill on dam safety in budget session likely
With several dams across the country being nearly half-a-century old, the Centre has planned a legislation for their safety.delhi Updated: Feb 21, 2010 12:43 IST
With several dams across the country being nearly half-a-century old, the Centre has planned a legislation for their safety.
The proposed bill on safety of large dams is likely to be introduced in the budget session of Parliament beginning tomorrow.
"We have prepared a legislation which aims to establish an institutional system to regularly monitor the safety of large dams," Water Resources Secretary U N Panjiyar told PTI.
He said while some states like Bihar have their own dam safety laws, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have authorised Parliament to enact a law in this regard.
"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.