Cabinet approves Dam Safety Bill

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on approved a proposal for enacting the Dam Safety Bill 2018, which will help the states and union territories to adopt uniform safety procedures to ensure safety of reservoirs. The bill also seeks to constitute a national committee on dam...

TN CM requests PM to Dam Safety Bill in abeyance

The Tamil Nadu government today urged the Centre to keep in abeyance its decision to enact a Dam Safety Bill, recalling it had earlier raised some objections and that it had not received any revised draft on the matter thereafter. In a letter to Prime Minister...

Redesign dams, not rivers

Engineers require retraining, not the Ganga. This is where I left our conversation in my previous column. Why did I say this? The inter-ministerial committee in which I participated as a member was discussing how much the ecological flow – the water that should...

In India, a River Is Dissolving an Island

In Assam, India, an island is dissolving like a cube of sugar in a cup of the tea for which the region is famous, and a river is to blame. The New York Timesreports on the fate of Majuli, one of the world’s largest “inland islands,” which is surrounded by...

Dams may dry up Ganga, warns ministerial group

NEW DELHI: Recognizing that the plethora of dams built and planned in the Ganga basin could almost empty the river of its waters in the winter season, an inter-ministerial group has recommended that the projects be re-engineered to maintain 30-50% of water flow in the...