"I first want to thank you and CWC for inviting me to IDSC 2019 and giving me the opportunity of getting exposed to the current challenges in dam safety in India. Also many thanks for accommodation and other logistics arrangements, as well as for the social program; this was superb.
Through the presentations and exchanges during the conference as well as by attending the 39th meeting of the National Committee on Dam Safety (thank you for arranging that I may attend!), I could appreciate how much work and effort is being put into enhancing dam safety in India. The fact that the financing of the next phase of DRIP is secured is certainly a success for CWC – and rightly so. From my attendance of the meeting of the National Committee on Dam Safety, I suspect that some of the challenges ahead may come from the fact that India is a federation of states. This is, at least, a situation I was confronted with as Commissioner for dam safety here in Switzerland when it came to taking the smaller dams under the federal dam safety legislation. Overcoming this difficulty was less a technical issue than a communication one.
I would be pleased to assist CWC in matters of dam safety in the future should you have any interest. Also, let me know if you come to Switzerland; I would be pleased to see you again at this occasion."