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Perspective : CONCERNS OVER DAM SAFETY
- April 4, 2023
- Posted by: Maya
- Category: Editorial RSTV/Videos
A parliamentary panel has expressed concerns over the safety of ageing dams in India. The Standing committee on water resources, in its 20th report, has raised the issue of safety risks posed by more than 200 dams in the country. Citing the National Register of Large Dams 2019, the panel says there are 234 large dams in India which are 100 years old – and still functional. Dams are normally designed for approximately 100 years of useful age. Their functional life gets decreased with progressive reservoir sedimentation concurrently reducing project benefits – is what has been submitted by the parliamentary panel in its report. So what recommendations have been made to improve the safety and operational performance of large dams in India? What are the mechanisms in place for maintenance of dams and prevention of dam-related disasters in the country?