water-management-authorities-in-india

  • ‘Jal Shakti’ ministry: The new ministry has been formed by merging the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The new ministry will encompass issues ranging from providing clean drinking water, international and inter-states water disputes, to the Namami Gange project aimed at cleaning Ganga and its tributaries, and sub tributaries.
  • The Central Water Commission (CWC) was established in 1945, is in charge of surface water and creating storage structures such as dams and medium-scale reservoirs.
  • The Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) has the objective of managing groundwater resources. 
  • At the state level: The state legislations are enacted with a single objective of providing and regulating water supply in the state or with a dual objective of water supply in the state and the setting up of corporations or Jal boards for the same. The acts also empowers Jal boards to monitor the functioning of local authorities in charge of water supply.