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Central Water Commission

(Serving the nation since 1945)

Welcome To Design (NW&S) Unit

Design (NW&S) organisation has been providingpreliminary and detailed design consultancy servicestovarious water resources projects in the 12 states of thecountry from northwest and south regions of India i.e.Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Goa and Andaman Nicobar Island.

Outside India, it deals with the Projects of Myanmar, SriLanka and African countries, assigned to this unit.Besidesdesign consultancy, this unit looks after otherworks such as attending to special problems of projects, technical appraisal of Detailed Project reports (DPR) and Pre-feasibility Reports (PFR) of various projects of the concerned states, assisting BISin preparation of Design standards, as member of various BIS committees, preparation of Design Manuals/Guidelines, pamphletsetc. The Organisation would keep a watch on latest development/identification of stressareas particularly inDam Design / Design of Hydro-Power Projects and identify areas of research in the sphere of activities andcarry 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.

Human Resource 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
Water Disputes Resolution

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.