The National Dam Safety Authority come into force on Friday, with the goal of maintaining dam safety standards, preventing dam-related disasters, and resolving inter-state issues in this area.
According to the Dam Safety Act, which was enacted by Parliament on December 8, last year, a National Dam Safety Authority will work with state-level dam safety organisations and dam owners to standardise safety-related data and procedures.
The Jal Shakti Ministry said in a gazette notification issued on Thursday that it is hereby establishing a National Dam Safety Authority to discharge the powers and functions of the National Authority under the said Act and hereby appoints February 18, 2022, as the date on which the said Authority shall come into force.
The Authority will be led by a chairman, with five members assisting him in leading the Authority’s five wings: policy and research, technical, regulatory, disaster and resilience, and administration and finance, according to the statement.
The authority’s headquarters will be in the national capital area, with four regional offices to support it.
A 22-member National Committee on Dam Safety, chaired by the Chairman of the Central Water Commission, was also established by the Centre.
According to the announcement, one of the authority’s main responsibilities is to arbitrate any dispute between state dam safety organisations or between a state dam safety organisation and any owner of a specific dam in that state.
Dam safety and operations have often been flashpoints in disputes between states. The current disagreement between Kerala and Tamil Nadu over the Mullaperiyar dam is one example.
According to the National Register of Large Dams, there are 5,264 finished major dams in the nation, with 437 more under development.
The Dam Safety Act aims to provide a national institutional framework for dam safety.
Source: The Hindu