National Dam Safety Authority (NDSA)

The National Dam Safety Authority (NDSA) was established in India under the Dam Safety Act, 2021, to ensure the regular inspection and maintenance of dams, thereby mitigating risks and enhancing the safety and operational efficiency of these critical infrastructure assets.

Functioning as a regulatory body, the NDSA is responsible for formulating comprehensive policies, guidelines, and protocols aimed at promoting best practices in dam safety management, including the periodic assessment of structural health and the implementation of emergency action plans.

By fostering cooperation between various state governments and central agencies, the National Dam Safety Authority aims to standardize dam safety procedures across the country, ensuring uniformity in safety standards and promoting a culture of safety and preparedness among stakeholders.

The NDSA is empowered to oversee and direct state-level dam safety organizations, providing technical expertise and support to enhance their capabilities in monitoring, inspecting, and maintaining dams to prevent failures and related disasters.

In addition to its regulatory and supervisory roles, the National Dam Safety Authority also plays a crucial part in capacity building and training programs, aimed at equipping dam engineers and safety personnel with the latest knowledge and skills required for effective dam safety management.