Central Water Commission Current Affairs

First International Dam Safety Conference held in Thiruvananthapuram

The first International Dam Safety Conference-2018 was held in Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) from January 23-24, 2018.

It was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and was presided over by Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal.

Key Facts

This Conference is fourth in series organized under aegis of ongoing Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP). It was organized jointly by Central Water Commission (CWC), Kerala Water Resources Department (KWRD), National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NITC), and College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET).

As many as 550 delegates from over 20 countries, including US, Switzerland, Spain and Australia took part in the conference. Moreover, seven dam safety manuals developed under DRIP were also released for implementation during the conference.

Dam Health and Rehabilitation Monitoring Application (DHARMA)

A software programme known as Dam Health and Rehabilitation Monitoring Application (DHARMA) was also launched to document authentic asset and health information pertaining to the large dams in the country. DHARMA is a web tool to help dam owners to digitise all dam-related data effectively, store, monitor and take appropriate actions to ensure need-based rehabilitation.


CWC is managing Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) with the financial assistance from World Bank to rehabilitate about 225 dams in India. The earlier conferences organized in years 2015, 2016 and 2017 and had received overwhelming response in terms of professional participation, technical papers contributed and participation by Indian and overseas organizations in the exhibition.

These conferences had brought together dam professionals and experts in various inter-related disciplines from within India and around world to discuss, reflect and share technology and experience in addressing dam safety issues and strategies to address them.


Narendra Kumar appointed as new Chairman of Central Water Commission

Union Government has appointed Narendra Kumar as the new chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC).

About Narendra Kumar

  • He is Central Water Engineering Service (CWES) officer of 1979 batch. Prior to this appointment, he was member (river management) of CWC since October 2014.
  • Prior to that, he served in the CWC assistant director in Design Organisation, deputy director in Project Appraisal Directorate and director in Dam Safety Organisation and Project Monitoring Directorate.
  • He also had served as senior joint commissioner in the Union Water Resources Ministry’s Command Area Development wing from 2002 to 2005.
  • He was chief engineer of Brahmaputra and Barak Basin (Shillong) from 2009 and 2011. He also has worked as commissioner, Brahmaputra and Barak wing of the ministry from 2011 to 2014.
  • He holds a master of technology degree in structural engineering from IIT-Delhi. He also has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from IIT-Roorkee. 

About Central Water Commission (CWC)

  • CWC is apex Technical Organization of India in the field of Water Resources. It is presently functioning as an attached office of Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • It is charged with the general responsibilities of initiating, coordinating in consultation of State Governments schemes for control, utilization and conservation of water resources throughout the country.
  • These schemes are meant for purpose of Flood Control, Irrigation, Navigation, Drinking Water Supply and Water Power Development.
  • It also undertakes the investigations, construction and execution of any such schemes as required.
  • The work of the Commission is divided among 3 wings namely, River Management Wing (RM), Designs and Research Wing (D&R) and Water Planning and Projects Wing (WP&P).