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Central Water Commission

(Serving the nation since 1945)

Design And Research Wing

This wing is responsible for, providing guidance in the planning, preparation of lay-out studies, specifications, detailed designs and drawings and standardization of designs of river valley projects in the country including hydrological studies for the projects, advising state Governments/Dam owning agencies on safety aspects of dams, taking policy decisions on design and research activities, conducting site inspection at all critical stages of construction of projects for which CWC provides design consultancy for advising the adequacy of foundation conditions and foundation treatment, adherence to design specifications etc. and providing advices on landslide/dam break disaster management issues.

The Wing is headed by an engineering officer designated as Member (D&R) with the ex-officio status of Additional Secretary to Government of India. The wing comprises of organizations headed by Chief Engineer and consisting of various Directorates each headed by Directors. See organization chart below

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Key to abbreviations : Description
NW&S North-West & South
NBP Narmada Basin Projects
BCD Barrage Canal Design
SSPH&C Sardar Sarovar Power House & Canal
N&W North & West
HCD Hydel Civil Design
DSR Dam Safety Rehabilitation
NHMD Narmada Hydro Mechanical Design
E&NE East and North-East
CMDD Concrete & Masonry Dams Design
DSM Dam Safety Monitoring
ND&HW Narmada Dam & Head Works
FE&SA Foundation Engineering & Special Analysis

What's New in CWC

A Brainstorming Session with Former Chairmen / Members of CWC was held on 11.5.2019 at New Delhi to discuss various aspects related to role and activities of CWC and to seek their advice for improvement of the same.

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Draft Concept Note on "Premissible Velocity in Concrete Lined Water Condutor System (Head Race Tunnel) Conveying Water for Power Generation.(Uploaded in Circular section for comments within three weeks)


The total water available in live storage of 91 reservoirs in the country being monitored by CWC was 44.459 BCM as on 18.04.2019.This is 27% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs and 103% of storage of average of last ten years. The overall storage position is more than the ..Read More


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.


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.