Dear ICOLD Members, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Greetings from the Indian National Committee on Large Dams (INCOLD).
The global spread of COVID-19 coronavirus has infected millions of people around the world and
is continuing at faster pace. At the moment, it’s a challenge to contain the pathogen. This crisis
is experienced directly by some and indirectly by all of us. It calls for greater cooperation across
the borders to turn the tide. Together we shall defeat the pandemic, together we can, we will.
ICOLD hopes that the Members of National Committees, their families and friends, personnel, and
other people associated with them are all safe. We are also wishing the same for our international
partners and other stakeholders. On behalf of ICOLD fraternity, we would like to offer our heartfelt
condolences to the families of the victims around the world. It is hoped that soon we will be able to overcome this deadly
virus and stay out of danger through international cooperation.
On behalf of the INCOLD and on my personal behalf, I wish to express our solidarity with the ICOLD Family Members
during the outbreak of COVID-19. Our prayers and thoughts are with the families currently dealing with COVID-19.
INCOLD is closely following developments of the outbreak of coronavirus throughout the Globe. Most of the countries
are affected with outbreak of COVID-19. In view of the above situation, based on the request of INCOLD, ICOLD Board
has taken a decision to change the dates of ICOLD Symposium to 24th - 27th February 2021 at New Delhi.
INCOLD also cordially invite the dam professionals and others to attend the ICOLD Symposium on Sustainable
Development of Dams and River Basins and APG Symposium on Water and Dams being held in New Delhi. I would
also like to invite all the Departmental Heads and professionals dealing with Dams in India to this event. India has built
5334 dams which includes dams like Bhakra, Tehri, and Sardar Sarovar and 411 dams are under construction. The Dam
industry in India has contributed significantly towards meeting the growing water and power demand of the country, yet
India is facing increasing pressure on water resources due to population growth, urbanization and creeping effect of
ICOLD Symposium will provide an excellent platform for researchers, scientists, engineers, policy makers and young
professionals working in the field of energy and water resources management around the world. This event will definitely
act as confluence of brilliant minds and provide an interactive platform to share path breaking ideas on the theme
‘Sustainable Development of Dams and River Basins’ besides Special Workshops being organised by ICOLD experts.
The Indian National Committee on Large Dam (INCOLD) has prepared an excellent program for ICOLD and APG
Symposium. In view of our challenges to further develop dams and reservoirs worldwide and combating the effects of
climate change, I invite you to the ICOLD and APG Symposium to discuss and deliberate on emerging professional
issues along with meeting the National and International dam experts.
I am looking forward to welcoming and meeting the ICOLD family, old members as well as newcomers in Virtual
Devendra Kumar Sharma
Vice President, ICOLD
Indian National Committee on Large Dams