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By law, rivers in India belong to the government, however, government has no particular agency that governs our rivers. Our constitution or law does not provide any direct protection to rivers. A large number of entities at centre and state level take decisions that affect our rivers but they do not even seem aware of such impacts. That the decisions and working of a large number of agencies affect the rivers is expected considering the landscape level existence of rivers and society’s wide ranging needs for water and other services provided by the rivers. But the complete neglect of the rivers is certainly not expected. More importantly, people seem to have no role in governance of our rivers! There seems to be neither an understanding nor a recognition that lives and livelihoods of so many people depend on rivers. Nor an understanding as to what is a river and what are its role in the ecosystem, in current and future well being of the society. These blindspots about our understanding of rivers get reflected in our governance of rivers.

NGT  Foundation Function on Oct 18, 2014 (Source: FB page of Information and Broadcasting Ministry)

India remains an agrarian country, and our water use practices have prioritised use of water for irrigation. Archaic water laws during the British rule looked at water as a resource to be exploited under the jurisdiction of the government. The 1873 Northern India Canal and Drainage Act, stated ‘use and control for public purposes the water of all rivers and streams flowing in natural channels’ as a right of the Government, without any credible and democratic way of deciding what is public purpose.[1]  In the same vein the Madhya Pradesh Irrigation Act of 1931 asserted direct state control over water, which find an echo even today in the Bihar Irrigation Act, of 1997 that stresses that all rights in surface water vest with the Government.[2] In fact post colonial water governance did not see any break from the past and essentially the same paradigm prevalant during colonial times continued after independence.

Water in India, as per our constitution is a state (government) subject, and by the same logic water laws in the country too are mostly state based. Thus the state has the constitutional power to make laws, to implement & regulate water supplies, irrigation and canals, drainage and embankments, water storage & hydropower. However, there is nothing in the constitution or law that shows an understanding of what is a river, what services it provides or if there is anything worth conserving in rivers. There is no legal protection for rivers in India.

Moreover as most of the rivers flow through more than one states, the rivers become cause of major interstate disputes when they are seen as sites of big dams. Smaller projects are rarely the reason for intractable interstate disputes. Unfortunately, in post-indepednence India, politicians love big dams and they are seen as most important, if not the only saleable development projects.

The centre can intervene for any interstate differences by constituting a Water Dispute Tribunal for the mediation of the water dispute, but only if invited to do so by the state government.  It is within the Central Government powers to regulate and develop inter-State rivers under entry 56 of the constitution, but these powers are rarely used. Entry 56 reads: “Regulation and development of inter-State rivers and river valleys to the extent to which such regulation and development under the control of the Union is declared by Parliament by law to be expedient in the public interest.”

Instead many different regulatory mechanisms have been harnessed and committees formed under various ministries for water management in inter state river basins.

Let’s take a tour of the various agencies involved in governance of rivers in India.


Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation


It is the apex body[3] at the union level responsible for the country’s water resources and its functions from the river perspective are:

  • Rejuvenation of Ganga River and also National Ganga River Basin Authority
  • To resolve differences relating to inter-state rivers
  • To oversee implementation of inter-state projects occasionally
  • To manage, monitor and sanction funds for centrally funded schemes like Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Program, Command Area Development, Rehabilitation of Water Bodies, Bharat Nirman, etc.
  • Operation of central network for flood forecasting and warning on inter-state rivers (CWC task)
  • Preparation of flood control master plans for the Ganga and the Brahmaputra
  • Talks and negotiations on river waters with neighbouring countries
  • Operation of the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan, Ganga Water Treaty with Bangladesh, Mahakali, Kosi, Gandak and other treaties with Nepal, Water Cooperation with Bhutan, Exchange of Data with China under MoU, etc.
Sushri Uma Bharati, the current Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. Photo from : Jagran Post

There are a plethora of offices/bodies under the water resource ministry, who work under their control. These include the following:

Central Water Commission (CWC) Supposed to be a premier Technical Organization, the CWC[4] is responsible for schemes for control, conservation and utilization of all water resources for various purposes, which includes flood control & irrigation, and overall planning& development of river basins. It also monitors the river water quality at 396 stations located in all the major river basins of India.[5] It is also responsible for co-ordination with states for establishing River Basin Organisations [6], like

  • Krishna and Godavari Basin Organization, KGBO [7]
  • Brahmputra & Barak Basin Organisation (B&BBO)
  • Cauvery & Southern River Organisation (CSRO)
  • Indus Basin Organisation (IBO)
  • Lower Ganga Basin Organisation (LGBO)
  • Mahanadi & Eastern River Organisation (MERO)
  • Narmada Basin Organisation (NBO)
  • Central Monitoring Organisation (Mon-c)
  • Narmada & Tapi Basin Organisation (NTBO)
  • Upper Ganga Basin Organisation (UGBO)
  • Yamuna Basin Organisation (YBO)

This gives a misleading picture that for practically every river basin there is a basin organisation. In reality, review of CWC annual reports show that there is hardly any activity of these organisations, they in any case do not work to protect the rivers.

CWC is enormously powerful and a big engineering bureaucracy, that hates any sense of participatory governance & accountability. It works more like a big dam lobby, unfortunately. See for example: 1. https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/how-much-do-we-know-about-our-dams-and-rivers/, 2. https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/guesstimating-a-future-questioning-knowledge-formation-expertise-and-development-in-post-independence-india/, 3. https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/why-does-central-water-commission-have-no-flood-forecasting-for-jammu-kashmir-why-this-neglect-by-central-government/, 4. https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/central-water-commissions-flood-forecasting-pathetic-performance-in-uttarkhand-disaster/

Central Ground Water Board (CGWB)

logocgwbA  multidisciplinary  scientific  organization for the scientific & sustainable development and management of India’s ground water resources. A Central Ground Water Authority has been in 1996 through a Supreme Court order with powers under Environment Protection Act, 1986. On the face of it, CGWB and CGWA may not have any direct role in governance of rivers, the fact is they have a huge role. Firstly, destruction of rivers mean that the groundwater recharge that happens by flowing rivers would stop. CGWB and CGWA should be concerned about this, but have shown no such concern. Secondly, when there is over exploitation of groundwater, it has impact on flow of downstream rivers, particularly in lean season and in low rainfall areas.

Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS): A principal central agency that provides R&D, and deals with research, services and support pertaining to projects on water resources, energy & water borne transport including those related to rivers.

Central Soil and Materials Research Station (CMRS): It deals with field explorations, laboratory investigations and research in the field of geotechnical engineering and civil engineering materials, particularly for construction of river valley projects and safety evaluation of existing dams.

National Water Development Agency (NWDA)

NWDASet up in 1981-82, the main task of this organisation is to do studies related to inter-linking of rivers. In that sense, it is an anti-river organisation! An autonomous society, some of NWDA’s[8] river related functions include to:

  • Carry out detailed surveys about the quantum of water that can be transferred to other basins/States
  • Prepare feasibility report of the various components of the scheme relating to Peninsular Rivers development and Himalayan Rivers development
  • Prepare detailed project report of river link proposals
  • Prepare pre-feasibility/feasibility report of the intra-state links

NWDA has not been confident enough to put any of its work in public domain. Some feasibility reports are out following repeated Supreme Court orders in 2002. A perusal of some of these studies shows that it has no concern for the rivers or  the services provided by the rivers. It sees all water flowing to the sea as a waste! Which means rivers are a wasteful resource! In its environment impact assessments or in its cost benefit analysis  there is no accounting of the services of rivers that would be destroyed if the proposed project go ahead!

National Institute of Hydrology (NIH)

NIHA “premier” Institute in the area of hydrology and water resources, it aids, promotes & coordinates work in the field of hydrology and water resources development.[9] However, it is not known to stand up or speak up for rivers. Its classification of rivers, as mentioned in an earlier blog[10], leaves a lot to be desired. The non participatory tendencies of NIH was apparent in the way it organised a workshop on Environment Flows in Oct 2013[11]. NIH did not find it necessary to invite even the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for the workshop! NIH also parterned with CIFRI for a flawed assessment of e-flows for Teesta IV project, among other such studies[12].

Farakka Barrage Authority It is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Farakka Barrage Project, (FBP), which regulate the flow of water to the Bhagirathi-Hooghly through the feeder canal to maintain navigability of the Kolkata Port.

National Water Academy Earlier known as Central Training Unit, it has been established to impart in house training to water resources personnel from government organisations. Its curriculum includes watershed management, flood forecast &management, environmental management for river valley projects and workshop on River Basin Organisations.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) The techno-economic appraisal of irrigation, flood control and multipurpose projects proposed by the State/ Central Governments or other organisations is done by TAC of Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, for Irrigation, Flood Control and Multipurpose Projects and thereafter make appropriate recommendation. Once found acceptable by the TAC, it is recommended for investment clearance by the Planning Commission and inclusion in the Five Year Plan/Annual Plan.[13] In the functioning of TAC, lack of transparency, participatory governance is the norm[14]. TAC has no member from outside the government, nor does it put up its agenda or minutes of the meeings in public domain. At the initiative of SANDRP, following a letter written to the government in April 2011[15], minutes of some of the TAC meetings were for the first time put up in public domain, but even that has stopped since July 2012[16].

Interstate River Basin Boards For several Inter State Basins, Boards have been set up for co-ordination and implementation and to deal with individual basins/ projects/ interstate disputes. Some of them are listed here.

  • Bansagar Control Board for execution of Bansagar Dam on Sone river and connected works
  • Betwa River Board for the execution of the Rajghat Dam Project
  • Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB), which refers to the reach of Yamuna from its origin at Yamunotri to Okhla Barrage at Delhi and includes all the states in this basin.
  • The Brahmaputra Board: Its objective is planning & integrated implementation of measures for control of floods and bank erosion in Brahmaputra and for matters connected therewith
  • Narmada Control Authority (NCA): For proper implementation of the decisions & directions of the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal. There are number of supporting statutory mechanisms: Environment Sub Group of NCA, Rehabilitation Sub Group of NCA, Review Committee of NCA and Sardar Sarovar Construction Advisory Committee.
  • The Tungabhadra Board: Regulates water for irrigation, hydro-power generation and other uses from the Tungabhadra reservoir
  • Ganga Flood Conrol Commission has been set up for specific tasks related to floods in the Ganga basin, including coordination with upstream Nepal.

Public Sector Enterprises under Union Ministry of Water Resources:

  • Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) Limited: Provides consultancy services in Water Resources, Power and Infrastructure Sectors. The shoddy work of WAPCOS in doing environmental impact assessment and cumulative basin level impact assessment has been repeatedly highlighted by SANDRP[17]. WAPCOS is also involved in Water projects that India funds abroad including in Afghanistan, Bhutan, etc. During a recent visit to Bhutan, SANDRP heard similar complaints about shoddy EIAs and over charging by WAPCOS and also about Bhutan government having no option, but to give the work to WAPCOS, since India as a funder was dictating the terms.
  • National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC): Carries out infrastructure work and other related activities for development of the nation that includes dam construction

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF & CC)

MoEFThe nodal agency that plans, promotes, co-ordinates and oversees the implementation of the country’s environmental & forestry policies and programmes, its primary concern is implementation of policies and programmes relating to conserve our natural resources that includes rivers.[18]

The ministry also accords environment and forest clearance to hydropower projects and dams all over India. The Environment Clearnace is given by the ministry for hydropower projects above 50 MW and for irrigation projects with command area above 10 000 ha. For the environment appraisal of these projects, the ministry has set up Expert Appraisal Committee on River Valley and Hydropower Projects. The functioning of the ministry and EAC on this score is most shoddy, inadequate, inconsistent and far from any concern for rivers[19]. In fact if you pick up Environmental Impact Assessment of any project cleared by the EAC and the ministry, you would not find anything about the value of rivers in any of its reports.

The Forest Department (FD) under MoEF & CC governs rivers that flow through the forests. Since a huge about 23% of land of the country or about 76 million ha of land comes under this department a very large segment of India’s rivers come under the FD. However, there is no evidence of FD taking any action to protect the rivers or aquatic biodiversity. In fact we have been reading the FD proposals for diversion of forest land that come before the Forest Advisory Committee over the years and we see absolutely no concern or even recognition of the impact of such diversions on rivers or aquatic biodiversity, the FD does not even seem to acknowledge the existence of river and aquatic biodiversity.

The Wildlife Department (WLD) under MoEF & CC has powers under the Wildlife Act of 1972 to have their say whenever any activity or development project affects the aquatic life in protected areas or even flows into or out of any protected areas. However there is little evidence to show that WLD has used these powers to protect rivers, flows & aquatic life therein even as projects  are well into implementation, without even taking consent of the Chief Wildlife Warden, State Board of Wildlife or National Board of Wildlife.

The MoEF & CC has been sitting for years over a proposal to notify River Regulation Zone for protection so that riverbeds and floodplains are protected.

It is well known how important are wetlands as part of the River Basins. However, the MoEF & CC has shown little genuine action to protect wetlands. Ramsar, International Convention for Protection of wetlands, includes rivers in the definition of the wetlands. India, in spite of being signatories, has excluded rivers from the definition of wetlands. The Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules 2010 of MoEF & CC are not helpful in protecting our wetlands. India’s wetlands, remain in peril.

Erstwhile Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh at MoEF Photo from The Hindu

National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD) The name is  misleading here, as the name suggests it works for conservation of rivers, but its only focus is pollution. So either the name is misleading or it reflects poor understanding of the government when they equate river conservation with pollution control work. It is supposed to be governed by National River Conservaion Authority, chaired by Prime Minister, but that authority has never met during the 10 years of UPA government and now almost six months of NDA government. This shows how much of a priority rivers are for the government.

Under the MoEF & CC, NRCD[20] works for conservation of rivers, lakes and wetlands through 2 central schemes:

  • National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) : To improve water quality of rivers through implementation of pollution abatement schemes in identified polluted stretches of rivers
  • National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco-systems (NPCA): To conserve aquatic ecosystems (lakes and wetlands)

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)

CPCBA statutory organisation, under MoEF & CC, the CPCB sets standards and regulations for prevention and control of pollution. It also monitors water quality of all important water bodies located on 206 rivers of the country. CPCB, along with state pollution control boards and the whole pollution control machinery were set up following the 1974 water pollution control act. 40 years after setting up of this elaborate bureaucracy, we have not heard of a single success story where this machinery has achieved a clean river. However, there are large number of examples of its failure and the machinery being a den of corruption. The Supreme Court of India on Oct 29, 2014 said[21]: “This is an institutional failure and your story is a complete story of failure, frustration and disaster.”

National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA)

Set up in 2009 through a notification under Environment Protection Act (EPA) of 1986, it’s functions include development of a Ganga River Basin Management Plan, regulation of activities aimed at prevention, control and abatement of pollution, to maintain water flow and quality and to take measures relevant to the river ecology in the Ganga basin states. So far there has been absoltely no sign of impact of functioning of this authority on the Ganga. The authority met just three times during first five years of its existence and frustated independent members twice resigned. The NDA government at the centre that took office in May 2014 reconstituted it without either public process or even public information, in fact even the earlier members did not know they have been removed!

Water Quality Assessment Authority

Established under EPA 1986 in 2001, WQAA’s[22] functions include issuing direction and taking measures on the following matters:

  • Investigate and carry out research on problems of water pollution
  • Prepare manuals, codes or guides to prevent, control and for abatement of water pollution
  • Direct agencies to take measures to restore water quality of the river / water bodies
  • Restrict water abstraction of treated sewage / trade effluent on land, rivers and other water bodies to mitigate crisis of water quality
  • Maintain minimum discharge for sustenance of aquatic life forms in riverine system
  • Utilize self-assimilation capacities at the critical river stretches to minimise cost of effluent treatment
  • Review the status of quality of national water resources (both surface water & ground water) and identify “Hot Spots” for taking necessary actions

It is amazing that more than 13 years after constitution of WQAA, we see no sign of its functioning either on the state of our rivers or in governance of our rivers.

Ministry of Power

MoPMoP is primarily responsible for the development of electrical energy in the country and all matters relating to hydro-electric power (except small/mini/micro hydel projects of and below 25 MW capacity). It also deals with matters relating to these agencies:

  • Central Electricity Authority

CEA accords techno economic clearance to hydropower projects under Electricity Act 2003. The Section 8(2) of the Act states, “The (Central Electricity) Authority shall, before concurring in any (hydropower) scheme submitted to it under sub-section (1) have particular regard to, whether or not in its opinion,- (a) the proposed river-works will prejudice the prospects for the best ultimate development of the river or its tributaries for power generation, consistent with the requirements of drinking water, irrigation, navigation, flood-control, or other public purposes, and for this purpose the Authority shall satisfy itself, after consultation with the State Government, the Central Government, or such other agencies as it may deem appropriate, that an adequate study has been made of the optimum location of dams and other river-works”. (Emphasis added.)

This provision could have been used for the protection of rivers, since it requires the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) to give concurrence to hydro projects only after satisfying that the proposal is optimum with respect to all other uses of the rivers. Unfortunately, as the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) found out through applications under the Right to Information Act, while giving concurrence to hydropower schemes under this Act, the CEA consults only two organisations, namely the Geological Society of India (GSI) and the Central Water Commission (CWC). GSI and CWC evaluate the scheme from specific parameters of geology and hydrology, but do not look at basin wide issues as required under the Act. The CEA itself is not capable of ensuring basin wide optimisation that the Act requires, nor does it consult the concerned stakeholders. Thus the Act is not being followed.

  • The Damodar Valley Corporation
  • The Bhakra Beas Management Board (except matters relating to irrigation)
  • National Thermal Power Corporation Limited
  • National Hydro-electric Power Corporation Limited
  • North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited
  • Tehri Hydro Development Corporation
  • Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd.
  • Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
  • Power Finance Corporation Limited
  • Centra and state electricity regulatory commissions

All of these authorities, involved in sanctioning, developing, regulating, financing and operating hydropower projects have direct impact on rivers.

Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)

Agriculture remains the biggest user of water in India. MoA is the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules,regulations and laws relating to agriculture in India, it’s portfolio also includes research on matters relating to irrigation, flood control, anti-water-logging, drainage, soil and water conservation, watershed development and anti-erosion.

Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries

This department under MoA also looks at Riverine fisheries on which more than 10 million Indians depend directly. The Department or corresponding State Fisheries Departments in respective states have absolutely no interest in welfare of rivers, despite the fact that damming and pollution is directly affecting fish yield. We looked at the way how Maharashtra Fisheries Department functions vis a vis rivers and Riverine Fisheries and we were clearly told that rivers are not a part of their jurisdiction!

Department of Agriculture And Cooperation

It focuses on sustaining the current momentum by stabilizing food grain production to ensure food security. Its water related agenda includes increased availability of irrigation water leading to increase in the irrigated area, farm productivity and crop production.

Soil and Land Use Survey of India (SLUSI), a pivotal organisation under it carries out survey and soil conservation activities for catchment of river valley projects & flood prone rivers for demarcation of watersheds.[23]

Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE)

It coordinates and promotes agricultural research and education.

Ministry of Rural Development

Though this nodal Ministry is mainly responsible for most of the development and welfare activities in the rural areas, water supply & sanitation schemes involve the rivers as a water source or affects rivers directly or indirectly. In some areas, projects involve rivers, as in the case  of the MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) in Madhya Pradesh, which was to revive a river in Khargone district, and increase surface flows.[24]

Ministry of Urban Development

The apex body for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws relating to the housing and urban development, of which urban water supply & sanitation is an essential division. Increasingly, Urban areas are dependent for its water sources on rivers from farther and farther areas and they are invariably dumping mostly untreated sewage and even solid waste into the nearby rivers without any impunity[25]. Urban areas are also destroying the water bodies in the cities and encroaching on the floodplains and even riverbeds.

National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)

NEERI  conducts research and innovations in environmental science and engineering to help find solutions to environmental pollution and natural resource problems. It has 5 zonal laboratories at Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.[26] NEERI is also into the Environmental Impact Assessment business and some of the EIAs it has done of hydropoer projects are pretty shoddy[27].

State Level Agencies

As per India’s constitution, water remains a state subject and hence state governmnet role in the fate of rivers is also very crucial. At each state level, the involved agencies related to Rivers include the following :

Environment Department: Responsibility includes environment protection, pollution monitoring, control abatement and awareness. The department is also involved in regulating and sanctioning hydropower projects of 25-50 MW capacity and also smaller irrigation projects through State Environment Impact Assessment Agency and State Environment Appraisal Agency.

  • State Pollution Control Boards
  • SPCBs have been set up in all states under the Water Pollution Control Act of 1974. At the State level, this board is responsible for implementation of legislations relating to prevention & control of environmental pollution, and conservation of natural resources. The SPCBs are also required to give consent to establish and consent to operate for all the major projects, including dams and hydropower projects. They also conduct public hearings required under the EIA notification of Sept 2006. As mentioned earlier, we do not see a success story in functioning of any SPCB in either achieving a clean river or protection of rivers.

Water Resources (or Irrigation) Department: Aim is to regulate water resources within the State (e.g. Department of Irrigation, Government of Punjab[28]) as per State Water Policy and to facilitate & ensure judicious, equitable and sustainable management, allocation and utilization of water resources. Some special state level agencies include the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority.[29] Besides these, there are Irrigation Development Corporations, to accelerate the completion of irrigation projects in Maharashtra State.[30] Such corporations have been set up in a number of states including Karnataka, Gujarat, among others.

Power Department: Responsible for generation, transmission, distribution and despatching of electric power supply, including hydropower, for example Energy & Power Department of Sikkim and Power & Electricity Department, Mizoram. Some states have also set up state level corporations for hydropower development (e.g. Himachal Pradesh Power Development Corporation).

Judiciary, Media, Religion, Civil Society & Society at large All these agencies also have a big role in deciding the fate of our rivers and need to play that role effectively. Unfortunately, considering the state of our rivers, we can conclude that inspite of some notable exceptions in case of all these, in general, we have not succeedded in protecting our rivers.

As far as role of political parties & leaders are concerned, we do not seem to have even any positive exceptions in terms of achieving better state of our rivers.

Some rare bright lights in this scenario, apart from community efforts at coordination, communication and governance include the WRIS (Water Resources Information System of India), a joint venture between MoWR and ISRO. The site is indeed a useful reference for information about many basins in the country (although the claimed focus is on “Water Resources” and not rivers!). It also includes  Watershed Atlas, River Basin Atlas of the country and individual basin profiles which look comprehensive.

In Conclusion: Rivers are more than just a  water source We have a complex network of river systems in the country. The myriad government agencies listed here majorly affect rivers, and a close co ordination and involvement between these institutions is essential to implement any river policy or project to ensure continued existence and sustenance of rivers.  River management and their judicious use encompasses a whole lot of diverse characteristics and these fall under the jurisdiction of many of the above mentioned agencies,  who need to work in a together in a cohesive manner. The river governance need to be democratic and communities should have a key role in informed, participatory decision making. This is certainly possible if there is a will.

Even though humans have built homes and civilisations along river banks since time immemorial, and water has been vital for life and growth, used for drinking, irrigation, transportation and energy sources, our society and governance system seem to have failed to understand the true value of our rivers. Today, these rivers that are our lifeline seem to be more often misused than used.

The fact that a large number of entities are involved in governing the fate of the rivers should not be such a problem as long as each of them is aware that their decisions are affecting the fate of the rivers and that they are involved  in governing the rivers. The second major problem is that there are no river specific, legally empowered coordinating agency that will ensure that rivers continue to survive and exist in a healthy state. In effect, while the government has monoploy over rivers, it is not bothered to ensure continued and healthy existence for rivers.

We may have created these techno legal frameworks for our short sighted priorities, but what would be a first step of help for rivers is recognition of rivers, its services, need for their continued and sustained existence and legal protection for the same. A legally empowered and participatory coordination mechanism that is willing to understand and speak from the rivers perspective, for each river could also help. An agency that will understand and appreciate rivers, rather than see it as a simple linear source of water, power or transport system.

Even though the new NDA govt at the centre since May 2014 has claimed that river rejuvenation is its priority, we see that the government so far has only indulged in tokenism and symbolism. On the contrary, in terms of deeds a large of their actions are against the interest of sustained existence of rivers.

Photo from NDTV

Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP ([email protected]), Sabita Kaushal, SANDRP ([email protected]), with inputs from Parineeta Dandekar, SANDRP ([email protected]

End Notes:

[1] Water Law in India: Philippe Cullet, IELRC,2007: http://www.ielrc.org/content/w0701.pdf

[2] Bihar Irrigation Act, 1997 , IELRC http://www.cseindia.org/userfiles/Biharirract97.pdf

[3] Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation: http://wrmin.nic.in/

[4] Central Water Commission:  http://cwc.gov.in/

[5] Water Quality Hot Spots in Rivers of India:


[6]Central Water Commission: http://cwc.gov.in/RTI-Item-2.htm


[8]National Water Development Agency (NWDA): http://nwda.gov.in/

[9] NIH: http://www.nih.ernet.in/



[12] For details, see: https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/eflows-in-india-groping-in-darkness/

[13] Decision making process, TAC: http://www.cwc.nic.in/main/webpages/rti/rti_item3.html

[14] See for example: https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/lack-of-transparency-and-accountability-remains-the-norm-of-functioning-for-mowrs-advisory-committee/, https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/analysis-mowrs-advisory-committees-decisions-for-northeast-january-2009-to-dec-2013/

[15] See for details: https://sandrp.in/dams/Letter%20to%20Union%20Ministry%20of%20Water%20Resources%20for%20transparecny%2C%20participation%20in%20Decision%20making%20process%20APR2011.pdf, for detailed analysis of TAC miniutes, see cover story in April May 2011 issue of “Dams, Rivers & People” magazine: https://sandrp.in/drp/April%20May%202011.pdf

[16] See: http://www.cwc.gov.in/main/webpages/TAC%20minutes.html, the minutes have stopped after the July 2012 TAC meeting.

[17] For example, see: i. https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/sach-khas-hydro-project-in-chenab-basin-another-example-of-wapcoss-shoddy-eia/, ii. https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/chinki-major-irrigation-project-on-narmada-yet-another-evidence-of-mps-obsession-with-large-irrigation-dams-wapcoss-shoddy-reports/, iii. https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/mohanpura-dam-in-madhya-pradesh/, iv. https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/bansujara-irrigation-project-in-mp/, v. https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/tragedy-of-errors-environmental-governance-and-the-sonthi-lift-irrigation-scheme/, vi. https://sandrp.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/critique-of-the-eia_emp-kalai-ii-hep/

[18]Ministry of Environment & Forests:  http://envfor.nic.in/

[19] For detailed analysis of functioning of EAC and MoEF & CC, see: https://sandrp.in/env_governance/TOR_and_EC_Clearance_status_all_India_Overview_Feb2013.pdf and https://sandrp.in/env_governance/EAC_meetings_Decisions_All_India_Apr_2007_to_Dec_2012.pdf

[20]National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD): http://envfor.nic.in/division/national-river-conservation-directorate-nrcd


[22] Water Quality Assessment Authority: http://wqaa.gov.in/

[23] Annual Report, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, 2011-12: http://agricoop.nic.in/imagedefault/ARE2012.pdf

[24] Greening rural development in India: http://rural.nic.in/sites/downloads/NewReleases/Greening_RD_Report.pdf

[25] For example, see in case of Mumbai Metropolitcan Region: https://sandrp.in/Dams_in_tribal_belt_of_Western_Ghats_for_the_Mumbai_Metropolitan_Region.pdf

[26] NEERI: http://www.neeri.res.in/aboutus.php

[27] For example, see: https://sandrp.in/hydropower/kw_sandrp_critq.pdf

[28] Department of Irrigation, GoP: http://www.pbirrigation.gov.in/

[29] Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA): http://www.mwrra.org/


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Only a sixth of India’s reservoirs full: Central Water Commission

At least 23 out of 130 reservoirs monitored by the Central Water Commission (CWC) were full, according to a bulletin released September 16, 2021 evening.

All four reservoirs in Telangana monitored by CWC were full to their capacity as of September 16. Eight out of 25 dams in Maharashtra; three each in Karnataka, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu; and one each in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh were full.

The dam authorities will have to carefully release water and follow the ‘rule curve’ to avoid any flood-like situation. The rule curve is an international practice of dam operation under which inflow and outflow of water are managed.

Some states, however, have less than normal storage in their reservoirs. These include Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Madhya Pradesh. The highest deficit was in Punjab’s reservoirs (44 per cent), followed by Himachal Pradesh (34 per cent) and Madhya Pradesh (22 per cent).

Overall, live storage available in 130 reservoirs is 127.047 BCM (billion cubic metre), which is 74 per cent of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. This is an increase of over 11 BCM compared to the total storage on September 9.

This is, however, less than the live storage position in the corresponding period in 2020. This is also less than the average storage of the last 10 years during the same period.

In 2020, the live storage available was 146.967 BCM; the average of last 10 years was 127.447 BCM.

The southern region has the highest storage (87 per cent of capacity), followed by western region (72 per cent), central (69 per cent), eastern (68 per cent) and northern region (58 per cent).

Stocks are deficient in Indus, Narmada, Mahi and Sabarmati, according to CWC data.

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Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 24

The Central Water Commission (CWC) will undertake sedimentation studies at major reservoirs across the country to assess the change in their storage capacity as well as to determine their life expectancy.

According to sources, a list of 32 reservoirs in different states, including those situated in north India, has been drawn up where the level of sedimentation and its effects would be examined. Funding for the project has been received from the World Bank.

Sedimentation is the process where loose soil, silt, rock and debris flow in with the water that enters reservoirs and deposit on the bed. The level of sedimentation depends upon the terrain, geology and environmental conditions of the area through which the feeding rivers and tributaries flow.

Sedimentation, according to sources, is unavoidable and over a period of time, reduces the storage capacity of the reservoirs. This has detrimental effects on the dam’s intended benefits such are provision of water for drinking and irrigation, flood control and power generation.

Large-scale deforestation, unscientific agricultural practices, industrial processes and anthropogenic activities in catchment areas tend to increase silt load in rivers and aggravate sedimentation of reservoirs.

Citing the example of the Bhakra Dam on the Sutlej in Himachal, an official said that over the past about 50 years, the designed capacity of the dam’s reservoir may have reduced by almost 25 per cent due to deposit of silt.

Sources said that the surveys and studies would be carried out through integrated hydrographic survey systems and integrated bathymetric systems that include the employment of drones and the use of artificial intelligence and powerful software tools. Execution of the project is open to both Indian as well as global firms having the requisite expertise and experience.

The project is aimed at assessing and reviewing the life expectancy of reservoirs, particularly in view of reports in certain quarters about increase in the rate of sedimentation in many reservoirs.

The study, in which each reservoir would be taken up separately, would also recommend suitable measures for increasing benefits and enhancing the reservoir life specific measures for soil conservation and catchment area treatment.

Besides topographical mapping of the reservoir bed and peripheral areas, a database would also be created for developing regional sediment indices and facilitating rational sedimentation planning for future reservoirs, sources said. 

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Contact List

S.No.NameEmail IdMobile No.DesignationOffice NameOffice AddressOrganization NameDivision Name
1Shri Triloki Verma[email protected]9430267450Assitant Director - IIOffice of the Chief Engineer, Lower Ganga Basin OrgnisationOffice of the Chief Engineer, Lower Ganga Basin Organisation, CWC 177-B , S.K.Puri, Patna
2H.P. Chourasia[email protected]1292412576Executive EngineerPlanning & Investigation Division, FaridabadPlanning & Investigation Division, CWC, Qr. No. 1062-64, N.H.-IV, Faridabad
3Shri D. Marappa[email protected]8555963299Assistant DirectorMonitoring (South) Organisation, BengaluruOffice of the Chief Engineer, Monitoring (South) Organisation, Bengaluru
4Dipankar Das[email protected]7002938894Executive EngineerMeghna Division, SilcharMeghna Division, CWC, Link Road, Ground Floor, Opp. Lane No. 2, Silchar-788006 Barak & Other Basins Organization, Shilong Meghna Division, Silchar
5A. Chakarborty[email protected]9435593062Executive EngineerMiddle Brahmaputra Division, GuwahatiMiddle Brahmaputra Division, Complex , Behind Adabari Bus Stand, P.O. Jalukabari, Guwahati-781024 Barak & Other Basins Organization, Shilong Middle Brahmaputra Division, Guwahati
6Ranjit Basumatary[email protected]9774174464Sub-Division EngineerOffice of the Chief Engineer, Brahmaputra and Barak Basin Organisation, ShilongOffice of the Chief Engineer, Brahmaputra and Barak Basin Organisation, Rebeka Ville, Barik Point Shilong - 793001 Barak & Other Basins Organization, Shilong
7S. Quamer[email protected]7838615764Executive EngineerNorth-East Investigation Division-II, AizawlNorth-East Investigation Division-II, CWC, Zembawk, Aizawl Barak & Other Basins Organization, Shilong North-East Investigation Division-II, Aizawl
8B.P. Sonowal[email protected]8826788504Executive EngineerUpper Brahmaputra Division, DibrugarhUpper Brahmaputra Division, Dibrugarh Barak & Other Basins Organization, Shilong Upper Brahmaputra Division, Dibrugarh
9Ramavtar Verma[email protected]9818330157Executive Engineer North-East Investigation Division-I, SilcharNorth-East Investigation Division-I, CWC, Jalbaikaspur, Rongpur, Silchar-788009 Barak & Other Basins Organization, Shilong North-East Investigation Division-I, Silchar
10Sudipta Sarkar [email protected]9474844647Executive EngineerLower Brahmaputra Division, JalpaiguriLower Brahmaputra Division, CWC, Hakimpara, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal Barak & Other Basins Organization, Shilong Lower Brahmaputra Division, Jalpaiguri
11Parkash Chandar[email protected]8145622302Executive EngineerNorth-East Investigation Division-III, ItanagarNorth-East Investigation Division-III, CWC, P.B. No. -144, Itanagar-791111 Barak & Other Basins Organization, Shilong North-East Investigation Division-III, Itanagar
12Shri Hari Shekhar[email protected]9449339615Executive EngineerMeghna Investigation Division, ShillongMeghna Investigation Division, CWC, Yingyar Villa, Motinagar, Shillong-793014 Barak & Other Basins Organization, Shilong Meghna Investigation Division, Shillong
13Stephan Guria[email protected]9810093206Assistant Section OfficerEstt. IV Section, CWCEstt. IV Section, 4th Floor, CWC CWC(HQ) - E-IV Section, New Delhi
14Arvind Kumar Gupta[email protected]9873421618Assistant DirectorCentral Water Commission Sewa Bhawan, CWC, RK Puram, New Delhi CWC(HQ) - PCP Directorate, New Delhi CWC(HQ) - PCP Dte., New Delhi
15Shri Rahul Kakar[email protected]9810793125senior statistical officerCentral Water CommissionWest Block-1, Second Floor, R.K Puram, New Delhi CWC(HQ) - RD Directorate, New Delhi
16Varsha Bisht[email protected]9582850304Junior EngineerCentral Water CommissionTraining Dte. , New Library Building, R.K Puram, New Delhi CWC(HQ) - Training Directorate, New Delhi
17S. Rajendran[email protected]8800242327Executive EngineerSouthern Rivers Division, CoimbatoreSouthern Rivers Division, CWC, Sangamam, Gandhi Maanagar, Peelamedu, Coimbatore-641004 Cauvery & Southern Rivers Organisation, Coimbatore Southern Rivers Division, Coimbatore
18VASANTHAKUMAR V[email protected]8373977185Executive EngineerHydrology Division, ChannaiHydrology Division, CWC, Near New Telephone Exchange, Plot No. 81, Velcherry(West), Channai-600042 Cauvery & Southern Rivers Organisation, Coimbatore Hydrology Division, Chennai
19M. S. Saravana[email protected]9942736685Executive EngineerSouthern Western Rivers Division, KochiSouthern Western Rivers Division, CWC, Jaldhara, D. No. 27/1927A, Kasturba Nagar, Kochu Kadavanthara, Kochi Cauvery & Southern Rivers Organisation, Coimbatore South Western Rivers Division, Kochi
20Ashok Kumar[email protected]9811978538Executive Engineer Cauvery Division, BengaluruCauvery Division, CWC, Jalasoudha, Ground Floor, Bengaluru Cauvery & Southern Rivers Organisation, Coimbatore
21Keesalam Nagaraja[email protected]9441903150Assistant Director-IIOffice of the Chief Engineer, Cauvery & Southern Rivers OrgnisationOffice of the Chief Engineer, Cauvery & Southern Rivers Orgnisation,Sangmam, Gandhi MAAnagar, Coimbatore Cauvery & Southern Rivers Organisation, Coimbatore
22Somesh Kumar[email protected]9418460466Executive EngineerSnow Hydrology Division, ShimlaSnow Hydrology Division, CWC, Block no. 10, SDA Complex, Kasumpti, Shimla Indus Basin Organisation Snow Hydrology Division, Shimla
23Gaurav Tiwari[email protected]6375472939Assistant DirectorOffice of the Chief Engineer,indus Basin OrganisationOffice of the Chief Engineer,indus Basin Organisation,Room no - 617, 6th floor,Kendriya Sadan,Sec-9A, Chandigarh Indus Basin Organisation
24V. Gangadhar[email protected]9494428780Executive EngineerUpper Godavari Division, HyderabadUpper Godavari Division, CWC, Krishna Godawari Bhavan, 11-4-648, 3rd Floor AC Guards, Hyderabad Krishna and Godavari Basin Organisation, Hyderabad Upper Godavari Division, Hyderabad
25N. Srinivasa Rao[email protected]9618694218Executive EngineerLower Krishna Division, HyderabadLower Krishna Division, CWC, 4th Floor, H.No. 11-4-648, AC Guards, Hyderabad Krishna and Godavari Basin Organisation, Hyderabad Lower Krishna Division, Hyderabad
26KVK Kuchel[email protected]8099443653Executive Engineer Lower Godavari Division, HyderabadLower Godavari Division, Hyderabad Krishna and Godavari Basin Organisation, Hyderabad Lower Godavari Division, Hyderabad
27Smt V. Sarada Devi[email protected]9560889325Assistant Director- IIOffice of the Chief Engineer, Krishna and Godavari Basin Organisation, HyderabadOffice of the Chief Engineer, Krishna and Godavari Basin Organisation, Hyderabad Krishna and Godavari Basin Organisation, Hyderabad
28ABHISHEK GAURAVabh[email protected]9717657375Executive EngineerUpper Krishna Division, PuneUpper Krishna Division, CWC, National Water Academy Complex, Sinhagad Road, Kadakwasla, Pune Krishna and Godavari Basin Organisation, Hyderabad Upper Krishna Division, Pune
29Inderjit Kumar[email protected]9708538003Executive EngineerLower Ganga Division-III, BerhamporeLower Ganga Division-III, Berhampore Lower Ganga Basin Organization, Patna Lower Ganga Division-III, Berhampore
30P. K. Patnaik[email protected]9437768400Executive EngineerDamodar Division, AsansolDamodar Division, CWC, Apcar Garden(West), G.T. Road, Asansol-713304 Lower Ganga Basin Organization, Patna Damodar Division, Asansol
31N. Shankar[email protected]9431069299Executive EngineerLower Ganga Division-II, PatnaLower Ganga Division-II, CWC, Post Berhampore, Distt. Murshidabad Mahanadi and Eastern Rivers Organisation, Bhubaneswar Lower Ganga Division-II, Patna
32N. Shrinivasrao[email protected]9618694218Executive EngineerMahanadi Division, BurlaMahanadi Division, CWC, Doctor's Colony, Burla , Sistt. Sambalpur-768017 Mahanadi and Eastern Rivers Organisation, Bhubaneswar Mahanadi Division, Burla
33A. Rajsekhar[email protected]9703043901Assistant Director-IIOffice of the Chief Engineer, Office of the Chief Engineer,Mahanadi and Eastern Rivers Organisation, BhubaneswarOffice of the Chief Engineer,Mahanadi and Eastern Rivers Organisation, Bhubaneswar,Plot no A-13/14 Bhoinagar Mahanadi and Eastern Rivers Organisation, Bhubaneswar
34D.R.MOHANTY[email protected]8851548274Executive EngineerEastern Rivers Division, BhubaneswarEastern Rivers Division, Bhubaneswar Mahanadi and Eastern Rivers Organisation, Bhubaneswar Eastern Rivers Division, Bhubaneswar
35Tapan Kumar Chakraborty [email protected]9428136882Assistant Director-II Mahi and Tapi Basin Organization, GandhinagarMahi and Tapi Basin Organization, Gandhinagar, 1st floor, Narmada Tapi Bhawan, Sec -10A, Gandhinagar Mahi and Tapi Basin Organization, Gandhinagar
36Shreyas Gune[email protected]9958337125Executive EngineerMahi Division, GandhinagarMahi Division, CWC, Gandhinagar Mahi and Tapi Basin Organization, Gandhinagar Mahi Division, Gandhinagar
37Umesh Gupta[email protected]9978689746Executive EngineerTapi Division, SuratTapi Division, Surat Mahi and Tapi Basin Organization, Gandhinagar Tapi Division, Surat
38Mahesh Kumar Raman[email protected]9472950485Executive EngineerLower Ganga Division-I, PatnaLower Ganga Division-I, Patna Monitoring (Central) Organisation, Nagpur Lower Ganga Division-I, Patna
39Ramesh Gulabrao Dhone[email protected]9422844883Assistant Director-IIMonitoring (Central) Organisation, NagpurOfficeof the Chief Engineer,Monitoring (Central) Organisation, Nagpur CGO Complex, Block C , 3rd Monitoring (Central) Organisation, Nagpur
40Kailash Lakhe[email protected]9405140152Executive EngineerWainganga Division, NagpurWainganga Division, CWC, CGO Complex, Block C 2nd Floor, Seminary Hills, Nagpur Monitoring (Central) Organisation, Nagpur Wainganga Division, Nagpur
41Shri Anil Kumar Shrivastav[email protected]7987447791Assistant Director-IIOffice of the Chief Engineer, Narmada Basin Organization, BhopalOffice of the Chief Engineer, Narmada Basin Organization, Bhopal, Block 3, Ground Floor, Paryavas Bhawan, Area Hills, Mother Teresa Marg, Bhopal 462011 (M.P.) Narmada Basin Organization, Bhopal
42S.K. Malviya[email protected]9425079252Executive EngineerNarmada Division, BhopalNarmada Division, CWC, Block-3B, Ground Floor, Paryavas Bhawan, Mother Teresa Road, Arera Hills, Bhopal Narmada Basin Organization, Bhopal Narmada Division, Bhopal
43Shri. S. R. Babu[email protected]9423678264Assistant Director-IINational Water Academy, PuneNational Water Academy, Singhgad Road, Khadakwasla, Pune National Water Academy, Pune
44Pankaj Kumar Singh[email protected]9555758381Executive EngineerSikkim Investigation division, GangtokSikkim Investigation division, Tadong, Gangtok-737102 Teesta and Bhagirathi Damodar Basin Organization, Kolkata Sikkim Investigation division, Gangtok
45Pankaj Kumar Singh[email protected]9755252232Executive EngineerBhutan Investigation Division, PhuentsholingBhutan Investigation Division, CWC, P.B. No. 5, Phuentsholing Teesta and Bhagirathi Damodar Basin Organization, Kolkata Bhutan Investigation Division, Phuentsholing
46APKAPRABHA MAJUMDER[email protected]8860761852Deputy DirectorOffice of the Chief Engineer, Teesta Basin Organization, SiliguriOffice of the Chief Engineer, Teesta Basin Organization, Siliguri, 2nd Mile, Sevoke Road, CWC, Siliguri Teesta and Bhagirathi Damodar Basin Organization, Kolkata
47M.S. Saravana Kumar[email protected]9958313810Deputy DirectorCentral Water CommissionCWC, 2nd Floor Sewa Bhawan, Sector 1, RK Puram New Delhi Test Org.
48Ashish Kumar Shingle [email protected]9555986777Executive EngineerHimalayan Ganga Division, DehradunHimalayan Ganga Division, CWC, 7-B, Sewak Ashram Road, Dehradun-248001 Upper Ganga Basin Organization, Lucknow Himalayan Ganga Division, Dehradun
49Vivek Kumar Verma[email protected]9140706811Executive EngineerMiddle Ganga Division II, LucknowMiddle Ganga Division II, CWC, Kendriya Bhawan 2nd Floor, Aliganj, Lucknow Upper Ganga Basin Organization, Lucknow Middle Ganga Division II, Lucknow
50Gautam[email protected]8004930461Executive EngineerMiddle Ganga Division I, LucknowMiddle Ganga Division I, CWC, Jaltarang Bhawan, Pratap Bagh, Aliganj, Lucknow Upper Ganga Basin Organization, Lucknow Middle Ganga Division I, Lucknow
51S. Khajuria[email protected]9889125070Executive Engineer Middle Ganga Division III, VaranasiMiddle Ganga Division III, CWC, Akash Deep, 2nd Floor, Panna Lal Park, Varanasi Upper Ganga Basin Organization, Lucknow Middle Ganga Division III, Varanasi
52Shri Surwasa Mishra[email protected]0945550779Sub-Division EngineerOffice of the Chief Engineer, Upper Ganga Basin OrgnisationOffice of the Chief Engineer, Upper Ganga Basin Orgnisation - 226016 Upper Ganga Basin Organization, Lucknow
53S.C. Mishra[email protected]9958676527Executive EngineerUpper Yamuna Division, New DelhiUpper Yamuna Division,CWC, B-5, Tara Crescent Road, Kalindi Bhawa, Room No. 201, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi Yamuna Basin Organization, Delhi Upper Yamuna Division, New Delhi
54Vipin Kumar Singh[email protected]9899791710Executive EngineerLower Yamuna Division, AgraLower Yamuna Division, CWC, Sec-12/404-406, Awas Vikas Colony, Sikander Yojna, Agra Yamuna Basin Organization, Delhi Lower Yamuna Division, Agra
55R.D Meena[email protected]8076950176Executive EngineerChambal Division, JaipurChambal Division, CWC, 84/93-96, Pratab Nagar, Sanganer, Jaipur Yamuna Basin Organization, Delhi Chambal Division, Jaipur
56Shri. Anil Kumar Verma[email protected]8527053874Assistant DirectorOffice of the Chief Engineer, Yamuna Basin Organization, DelhiOffice of the Chief Engineer, Yamuna Basin Organization, Delhi,Kalindi Bhawan, B-5, Tara Crescent Rd, QIA, New Delhi- 110016 Yamuna Basin Organization, Delhi
57Kamlesh Jain[email protected]9818849414Executive Engineer Chenab Division, JammuChenab Division, CWC, Jal Aayog Bhawan 2nd Floor, Rajinder Nagar Phase-1, Bantalab, Jammu Yamuna Basin Organization, Delhi Chenab Division, Jammu

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Central Water Commission

Water commission of India

Central Water Commission (CWC) is a technical organisation that functions as part of the Ministry of Jal Shakti in the Government of India. They are entrusted with the responsibilities of providing consultation to various state governments on water bodies related issues, coordinate various governmental schemes for conservation, control, and utilisation of water resources.[1]

Central Water Commission help state governments in devising and analysing flood control measures.[2][3][4] They undertake flash flood forecast as well.[5][6] Their professional assistance is received by the government for various irrigation and drinking water supply projects.[7][8] Water Power Development is another area where central water commission undertakes the tasks of investigations, construction and executions.[9][10][8] The Chairman of the Central Water Commission has the status of Ex-Officio Secretary to the Government of India.

Currently, Rajendra Kumar Jain is the Chairman of Central Water Commission.[11]

The three Wings of Central Water Commission are Designs and Research (D&R), River Management (RM) Wing, and Water Planning and Projects (WP&P) Wing. Each of these wings is a responsibility of a full-time Member with the status of Ex-Officio Additional Secretary to the Government of India. These wings comprises a number of organizations responsible for the disposal of assigned tasks and duties.


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