Dams: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

Earthquakes near Dams

The incidence of seismic activity near dams and the government’s preparations to tackle them were recently discussed in the Lok Sabha. Reservoir-induced Seismicity It is a type of induced seismicity- a phenomenon of earthquake triggered by large dams. When the dams are constructed in a region, filling up of water increases the pressure on the ..

Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant

One of the projects inaugurated during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Bhutan was the Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant which has been built on the Mangdechhu river in the Trongsa Dzongkhag district of Bhutan. What is the Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant project? The Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant project is Rs 4500 crore hydroelectric power plant which ..

The Dam Safety Bill

The Central Government has introduced the Dam Safety Bill in the Lok Sabha by the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Currently, there are over 293 dams in our country which are more than 100 years old. The bill aims to look after the safekeeping and maintenance of these dams. What the bill will do? The bill ..

Short Note : Seaplane Operations in India

To boost tourism and connectivity in the remote locations of India, the Indian government has plans to launch several seaplane services in India. What are seaplanes? Seaplanes are aircraft modified to operate (i.e. take off and land) from a waterbody. Instead of a landing gear that consists of wheels and gears, the seaplane had a ..

India and Japan sign loan pact for construction of Turga Pumped Storage in West Bengal

India and Japan has recently a Loan Agreement worth Rs. 1817 crore for the ‘Project for the Construction of Turga Pumped Storage (I)’ in the State of West Bengal. The purpose of the Project is to strengthen the capability to respond to fluctuation in supply and demand of power and to improve stability of the ..

Narendra Kumar committee constituted by Central government to coordinate discharge of floodwaters from Kerala-Tamil Nadu inter-State projects

The Central government has constituted a coordination committee headed by the Central Water Commission Chairman “Narendra Kumar” to coordinate the discharge of floodwaters from inter-State projects involving Kerala and Tamil Nadu, including Mullaperiyar and Aliyar. The Chairman of the CWC will monitor the situation at Mullaperiyar dam in view of rising water level and continued ..

Supreme Court allows TN to execute Maintenance Work at the Mullaperiyar Dam

The apex Court permitted Tamil Nadu government to execute a repair and maintenance work on the Mullaperiyar dam. All the same, the court also instructed that the repairing and maintenance work is to be carried out in the presence of the Superintending Engineer of Kerala and an independent member nominated by the Chairman of the ..

Mullaperiyar dam structurally & hydrologically safe: Panel

Setting at rest the controversy over the safety of the 116-year-old Mullaperiyar dam, the Empowered Committee, headed by the former Chief Justice of India A.S. Anand, held that the dam is "structurally and hydrologically safe, and Tamil Nadu can raise the water level from 136 to 142 feet after carrying out certain repairs." The Empowered ..