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Central Water Commission

(Serving the nation since 1945)

Design (N&W) Unit

Design (N&W) Organization is responsible for planning and design consultancy of various components of construction stage Projects, DPR stage projects, rehabilitation measures of existing projects and technical appraisal of DPR of HEP/ MPP / Irrigation Projects pertaining to Northern and Western States of India i.e. 9 states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand of the country as well as neighboring countries like Nepal and Afghanistan. The works also include preparation of joint detailed project reports for Indo-Nepal Project and assisting Indus Water Commission, MoWR, RD & GR on works related to Jammu & Kashmir Projects. Apart from above, this organization is actively engaged in providing assistance in preparation of IS Codes.
Besides the above work, the unit deals with the technical references as and when referred by the project authorities.
The Organization would keep a watch on latest development/identification of stress areas particularly in Dam Design/Design of Hydro-Power Projects and identify areas of Research in the sphere of activities and carry out research in house/ by other agencies.

Functional Domains of Central Water Commission

Water Resources
Appraisal of Water Resources Projects

CWC is responsible for appraisal of preliminary/detailed project report pertaining to major inter-state project proposals.

Basin Planning and Management
Basin Planning and Management

Responsible for co-ordination with states for establishing river basin organisations as per National Water Policy, examination of project reports etc.

Civil & Structural Design of WR Projects
Civil & Structural Design of WR Projects

Overall Planning, Design, Consultancy and Appraisal for Civil Structural Design of WR Projects.

Dam Safety

Dams, being a major infrastructure component of water resources, play a vital role in providing overall water security to the country.

Flood Forecasting/ Hydrological
Flood Forecasting/ Hydrological Observation

CWC is responsible for Monitoring of Flood situation through Central Flood Control Room during monsson period.

hr management
Human Resource Management

This wing looks into administrative, establishment and personnel service matters

Hydro-mechanical Design of WR Administration Projects
Hydro-Mechanical Design of WR Projects

Overall planning, design and appraisal of hydro-mechanical equipment for water resources projects.


Technical appraisal of hydrological aspects like water availabilty, design flood, sedimentation, diversion flood etc.

Monitoring of Water Resources
Monitoring of Water Resources Projects

Monitoring of WR projects at Central Level is done by CWC under the aegis of three tier monitoring system.

River Management
River Management

This wing is responsible for, collection, compilation, storage and retrieval of hydrological and hydro-meteorological data

Survey and Investigation of WR Projects

Survey and Investigation work related to preparation of DPR for major/medium/multi-purpose WR projects.

Inter-state International Conflict

All the major river basins and some among the medium river basins  are of inter-state nature.

Water Management
Water Management

Central Water Commission is monitoring the water quality of rivers since late 1950s and presently its water quality network is spread all over India.