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Central Water Commission

(Serving the nation since 1945)

National Hydrology Project (NHP)

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation/ Central Water Commission has already been implemented Hydrology Project in two phases viz. Hydrology Project I (1995-2003) and Hydrology Project II (2004-2014) with the assistance of World Bank. The project has been central to efforts in India to improve the planning, development, and management of water resources, as well as flood forecasting and reservoir operations in real-time. The project has led to a significant change in the availability and reliability of hydro-meteorological data in India. Now the water resources development projects (such as hydraulic structure construction, irrigation development through surface water and/or groundwater) and other infra-structure developments are based on accurate information, and thus designed appropriately and economically. The reservoir operation is based on real time hydrological information in the catchment and is integrated with the climate forecast which would minimize likelihood of floods and ensure the availability of water for various uses.

With the improved water information under HP I and HP II has led to the development of Decision Support Systems in selected basins/ sub-basins, allowing for improved water resources planning and design of water-related infrastructures, improved Ground Water Management, reduce vulnerability to and enhanced management of drought and floods, improved management of reservoirs and there by improved hydropower and irrigated agricultural productivity, reduced impact of poor water quality on public health, improved state water policies and regulations and improved awareness on the scarcity and importance of water.

Under HP I and HP II projects, a large part of country is still not covered for example Ganga Basin States, Himalayan Region, North Eastern States and Indus Basin. There is a need to develop infrastructural and technological gaps, commissioning of standardize tools and systems and bringing uniformity among all the States including operation & maintenance of infrastructure created under HP I and II projects. With the new National Water Policy is in place, the approach for National Hydrology Project (NHP) is to align water resources development in line with the policy especially Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM).

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has proposed to undertake National Hydrology Project (NHP) with the World Bank Assistance. The project proposal has already been approved by the EFC held on 16-10-2015. National Hydrology Project with overall cost of Rs3679.7674 crore as a Central Sector Scheme is to be taken up in two stages.

There are a total of 49 Implementing Agencies (IAs) including eight central agencies, 39 state-level agencies and two River Basin Organizations (RBO) in National Hydrology Project. Central Water Commission is one of the implementing agency under National Hydrology Project and it has to play a crucial role of central technical coordination agency in NHP. Central water Commission has been allocated approx. Rs275 crore in National Hydrology Project for carrying out the various activities. Member, RM, CWC is the coordinator officer & Chief Engineer, P&D is the nodal officer for NHP on behalf of CWC.

The brief description of proposed activities of Central Water Commission under NHP is summarized
activities of Central Water Commission under NHP

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What's New in CWC

The total water available in live storage of 91 reservoirs in the country being monitored by CWC was 66.26 BCM as on 14.02.2019.This is 41% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs and 96% of storage of average of last ten years.The overall storage position is more than the corresponding period of last year in the country as a whole but is less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

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15-02-2019

Central Water Commission in collaboration with Odisha Water Resources Department and the World Bank successfully organised International Dam Safety Conference - 2019 during 13-14 February 2019 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It was conculded by holding a press conference on 15 Feb 2019 in the presence of Secretary, MoWR, RD & GR and Chairman, Central Water Commission among other senior officers / dignitaries from the fraternity.

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15-02-2019

39th Meeting of the National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS) under Chairmanship of Chairman, CWC being held at Bhubaneswar on 11 February 2019.

12-02-2019

Chairman, Central Water Commission handed over Emergency Action Plan document of Hirakud Dam to Principal Secretary, Odisha Water Resources Department on January 10 , 2019 at Rajiv Bhawan, Bhubaneswar. The EAP has been prepared under DRIP to act as model document for other Dam owners.

10-01-2019

Govt of Gujarat has signed MoU on 7th January 2019 with Central Water Commission and CWPRS at Gandhinagar for Implementation of Coastal Management Information System (CMIS) in the State.

10-01-2019