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Central Water Commission

(Serving the nation since 1945)

Dam Safety is important for:

  • Sfegaurding Water security and huge investments in infrastructure.

  • Safeguarding human life, and properties of the people living downstream of the dams.

  • With increasing number of dams becoming older and older, the likelihood of dam failures in India is expected to be an ascending path.

  • Many dams have varied structural deficiencies and shortcomings in operation and monitoring facilities, while few do not meet the present design standard- both structurally and hydrologically.

  • Most of the States have been failing to provide sufficient budgets for maintenance and repair of the dam. Many States also lack the institutional and technical capacities for addressing dam safety issues.