Dam safety initiatives in India

A major concern in India is the age of older structures and the achievement of safety standards. This paper outlines the approaches to dam safety management, and particularly efforts to standardize practices across all the states. A dam safety organization was formed within the Central Water Commission in 1979, so that awareness could be raised about dam safety issues, and guidelines could be issued, but so far these are not legally enforceable. Legislation in this field is now planned. The World Bank-funded Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Programme (DRIP) is also described, with details of what has been achieved so far, and plans for the recently extended programme.

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