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Fifth International Dam Safety Conference at Bhubaneswar

Fifth International Dam Safety Conference at Bhubaneswar

The 5th International Dam Safety Conference–2019 was held on 13-14 February 2019 in Bhubaneswar as a joint initiative of the Government of India, Government of Odisha and the World Bank.

Dam Safety Conferences are being organized as an annual event in different DRIP States in collaboration with the Implementing Agencies and leading academic institutes to provide a common platform for all stakeholders including non-DRIP States.

It focuses on the dam safety and how best practices can be implemented.

Dams in India

Globally India ranks third after China and the USA in terms of the number of large dams.

Dams play a vital role in water security and foster rapid and sustained growth in agricultural, rural, urban and industrial development.

About 80% of India’s large dams are over 25 years old.

About 209 dams are over 100 years old and were built in an era when design practices and safety considerations were much below the current design and safety norms.

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