Huge opposition for Dam safety bill across Tamil Nadu: TN assembly adopted a special resolution demanding withdrawal of the bill

  • Why strict Dam Safety regulations are of urgent need in India?

  • What is the significance of dam safety Bill 2018?

  • What is the institutional for dam safety under the bill?

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In this video, you can find detailed answers for all the above questions.

The above article has been retrieved from:           Arun Janardhanan   . ( 2018, July , 05). Why Dam Safety Bill bothers Tamil Nadu. Indian Express. Retrieved from


What is the context about?

  • Recently union cabinet has approved the proposal for introduction of Dam Safety Bill, 2018.

  • The bill was aimed at developing uniform, countrywide procedures for ensuring the safety of dams.

  • The proposed bill insists all states and Union Territories adopt uniform dam safety procedures.

  • According to the central notification, the National Dam Safety Authority will work together with state organisations and dam owners for standardisation of dam safety-related data and practices.

Why strict Dam Safety regulations are of urgent need in India?

  • About 75 percent of the large dams in India are more than 25 years old and about 164 dams are more than 100 years old.

  • A badly maintained,  unsafe dam can be a hazard to human life, flora and fauna, public and private assets and the environment.

  • India has had 36 dam failures in the past – 11 in Rajasthan, 10 in Madhya Pradesh, 5 in Gujarat, 4 in Maharashtra, 2 in Andhra Pradesh and one each in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu and Odisha.