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Central Water Commission

(Serving the nation since 1945)

Welcome To Indus Basin Organization, Chandigarh

Indus Basin Organization was set up in 1996 as one of the Regional Office of Central Water Commission with its headquarter at Chandigarh. The Organisation is headed by a Chief Engineer, who is assisted by one Superintending Engineer (Coordination) and four Directors (Monitoring & Appraisal) with their sub-ordinate formations.   The organization is responsible for providing assistance in development of Water Resources in the basin states of Indus basin, viz., Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Chandigarh.
The Indus is the western most River system in the subcontinent. Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas and Satluj are its main tributaries. The Indus originates from the Bokhar Chu (glacier) in northern slopes of Mt. Kailash (6714m). It drains the largest number of glaciers and mountain slopes of the Karakorum, Ladakh, Zaskarand Himalayan Ranges. Originating from the Kailash Mountain, it flows in a constricted valley north-westward through Tibet, where it is called as Singi Khamban or Lion’s mouth.
IBO is also associated with exchange of hydrological data of trans-boundary rivers with the neighbouring countries during the flood season.   Flood data is provided to Pakistan as per provisions of Indus Water Treaty-1960 whereas in respect of Satluj river, data is shared by China as per Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in this regard.