PM helped shape Dam Safety Bill

NEW DELHI: Amid concerns expressed by MPs over the Dam Safety Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha today, those associated with its preparation said the draft law is both robust and modernistic.

PM helped shape Dam Safety Bill

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister - File photo

editorial@tribune.com

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 29

Amid concerns expressed by MPs over the Dam Safety Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha today, those associated with its preparation said the draft law is both robust and modernistic.

While states opposed any Bill on dams by the Centre as they felt it encroached upon their space as “water & storages” was a subject under Entry 17 List-II (State List) of Schedule Seven of Article 246 of the Constitution of India, the Centre secured a favourable opinion from the Solicitor General of India that it can legislate a Bill on Dam Safety under Entries 56 & 97 of List- I (Union List), official sources told The Tribune.

“We then wrote up the Bill and the Cabinet note. There were several meetings in the PMO . When the Bill was finally discussed with the PM, who on account of his experience in water sector as CM Gujarat, had two observations: Whether the Bill took care of only the dam structure or the upstream catchment area as well? And whether we had consulted international experts and if the Bill was in line with the best practices?” sources said.

Officials said the Bill takes care of the upstream catchment area and the downstream of the dam as well. The officials also discussed the outline of the Bill with the World Bank and the President of the International Commission of Large Dams who appreciated the Bill.

The Union Cabinet approved the Bill and it was introduced in the 16th Lok Sabha last December but lapsed on the dissolution of the House. The Bill was cleared again last month by the Cabinet. 

Cities

View All

4 Lakhi Jungle panches move no-trust vote against sarpanch

Allege she was not consulting them before taking decisions

Woman booked for duping husband of Rs 20L

After calling him to Canada, she left him citing ‘extramarit...

100 trees face axe for road to Mohali

UT completes formalities to acquire 13 acres in Dadu Majra &...

2019: Quantum jump in drug seizure

226 were held with drugs, including cocaine, charas, ganja, ...

DSP opens fire at wife, booked

Narrow escape for victim as bullet misses shoulder

Ahead of elections, Kejriwal brings out ‘guarantee card’

Delhi CM promises free bus rides for students, mohalla marsh...

Tile work ‘choking’ trees

Council of Engineers lodges complaint with NGT chief

Dyers move NGT against ministry order

Have been asked to construct canal for waste discharge

Rs 35-cr building at GMC yet to open

Health Corporation, college authorities blame each other for...

No swine flu cases in dist this season

61 cases were reported in 2019; Health Dept taking proactive...