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National Dam Safety Authority

  • IASbaba
  • February 18, 2022
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National Dam Safety Authority

Part of: Prelims and GS-III Disaster Management 

Context: The National Dam Safety Authority came into force recently.

  • It seeks to maintain standards related to dam safety, prevent dam-related disasters and resolve inter-State issues in this regard, from Friday.

Key takeaways 

  • The Dam Safety Act, passed by Parliament on December 8 last year, states that a National Dam Safety Authority will cooperate with State-level dam safety organisations and owners of dams for standardising safety-related data and practices.
  • The Authority will be headed by a chairman and assisted by five members to lead its five wings:
    • policy and research
    • technical
    • regulation
    • disaster
    • resilience and administration and finance.
  • The Authority will have its headquarters in Delhi and will be supported by four regional offices.
  • The Centre also constituted a 22-member National Committee on Dam Safety which will be headed by the Chairman of the Central Water Commission.
  • A key function of the Authority is to resolve any issue between the State Dam Safety Organisations of States or between a State Dam Safety Organisation and any owner of a specified dam in that state, as per the notification.

News Source: TH

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