Highlights for the month of March 2017


  • Status of implementation of Aquifer Mapping under Ground Water Management and Regulation Scheme during 2017-18.


In order to implement the Aquifer mapping Programme, various activities  have been  undertaken in the on-going Annual Action Plan  of     2017-18.  
In matter of data generation for Aquifer Mapping, the field activities  have been  taken up through in-house resources in priority areas during     2017-18.   Amongst  the major ongoing activities, 29 exploratory wells have been  drilled, 3001 water samples have been  analyzed and almost 80 Vertical Electrical Soundings (VES) have been  conducted  during 2017 -18 (as on 30st , April, 2017).          

  • Training Programme conducted under National Ground  Water Training & Research Institute(NGWTRI):

The following Training courses have been conducted by various field offices of CGWB under the aegis of NGWTRI Raipur during April,2017:-


Name of Training Course

No. of Participants





Ground Water Development and Management
Conducted during 
3-04-2017 to 28.04.2017 at 
NGWTRI, Raipur

21 Participants


Values and Ethics in Scientific Research  training conducted  during  24-04-2017 to 28.04.2017 at 
NGWTRI, Raipur

10 Participants


E HRMS-MANAV SAMPADA (Batch 1)  training conducted  during  17-04-2017 to 21.04.2017 at  CGWB, CHQ, Faridabad.

23 Participants


E HRMS-MANAV SAMPADA (Batch 1)  training conducted  during  24-04-2017 to 28.04.2017 at  CGWB, CHQ, Faridabad.

22 particpants


Tier-II training






Tier-III training



Tier-III Training organized at village Bandri, Block-Malthone district Sagar, Madhya Pradesh on 28-4-17.



Tier-III training  organized  on “Aquifer Management through Participatory Approach and Local Ground Water Issues” at Company Bagh, Lalitpur , UP on 28th April 2017.

366 Participants

    • Other training /Awareness Programme

      • Senior Officers from CGWB  attended the short course training on “Groundwater Data Collection and Interpretation” from 3rd to 21st April, 2017 at UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands.  

      • Regional Directors and Senior officers from CGWB  actively participated in the training programme titled “Leadership Development Programme for Senior Officials of Ministry of Water Resources” held at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad during April 24th-28th, 2017

      •  High Yielding Wells:

      State wise details of High yielding Wells are as follow:

      Jammu Kashmir:
      An Exploratory well  was drilled at Rangura  with discharge of 600 Liter per Minutes (lpm).
      Chhattisgarh  :
      An Exploratory well  was drilled at Gadadih , Dhamtari District, Chhattishgarh with discharge of 300lpm.

      Two Exploratory wells  were drilled at  Bukkasagara, Hospet Taluka, Bellary district, karnatak with discharge of 180 to 390 lpm.


        • Visit of Hon’ble Minister/Secreatary/Chairman/Members

        • Hon’ble Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shushri Uma Bharti visited Lucknow on 8th April 2017 for Review meeting on NMCG projects with Hon’ble Chief Minister, U.P. The Secretary (MoWR, RD & GR) along with other senior officers also accompanied Hon’ble Minister. The Regional Director, Central Ground Water Board, Lucknow also attended the meeting. As desired  Secretary (MoWR, RD & GR) some of the output maps prepared by CGWB, NR during Aquifer Mapping programme were shown to him.

        •  Hon’ble Union Minister, MoWR, RD & GR Shushri Uma Bharti visited Lalitpur on 28th April 2017 to launch Mission Bundelkhand on Water Conservation. The meeting was attended by Shri  Dharam Pal Singh, Irrigation Minister, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh and Shri Manohar Lal Mannu Kori, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh    and Members of Legislative Assembly from the Jhansi and Lalitpur district. Chairman, CWC and Chairman CGWB, Joint Secretary (A&GW) and other Senior Officers of CGWB were present on this occasion. About 3000 persons attended this meeting. Reports on “Aquifer Mapping and Management Plan of Lalitpur District” and “Aquifer Mapping and Management Plan of Jhansi district” were released by Hon’ble Union Minister MoWR, RD & GR Shushri Uma Bharti on the occasion.

        • Sushri Uma Bharti, Hon’ble Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, inaugurated the Water Conservation Program – Bundelkhand” of MOWR, RD & RD at village Bandri (Block-Malthone), district Sagar, Madhya Pradesh” on 28th April, 2017.

        • Sushri Uma Bharti, Hon’ble Union Minister of Water Resources, RD&GR  visited Kolkata and chaired a meeting among officers of MoWR, RD & GR which was held at the Conference Hall, IIEST, Shibpur on 14/04/2017  to discuss various issues.

        • The Hon’ble Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Sushree Uma Bharti visited the State of Odisha during 15.04.2017 to 18.04.2017.A meeting was held on 15.04.2017 at Puri regarding the status of ground water regulation in Puri Town.

        • Joint  Secretary (Admn. & GW), MoWR, RD & GR, New Delhi visited Hyderabad on 20th and 21st April, 2017 to attend  i) a meeting arranged at NRSC, Hyderabad for review of activities under NHP and NRSC ii) to attend a meeting at NGRI, Hyderabad on 21.04.2017 in connection with Heliborne Surveys and iii) to attend a meeting with Special Chief Secretary, Government of Telangana regarding Mission Kakatiya, PMKSY and NAQUIM projects being implemented in the State at Secretariat, Hyderabad on 21.04.2017.  Dr. P.N. Rao, Head of Office accompanied the Joint Secretary

        • Shri K.B. Biswas,Chairman Central Ground Water Board visited Mandla district during 07-09, April, 2017 and inaugurated  the program “Training and capacity building for tribal dominating areas, Mandla District, Madhya Pradesh”. The program was organized by Global Hydrogeological solutions, New Delhi.  The Project was supported by Department of Science and Technology (NCSTC Division), New Delhi.

        • Parliamentary Committee on implementation of Official Language visited Hyderabad on 24th and 25th April, 2017 for inspection on implementation of the official language in Division IX Office.   Shri G.C. Pati, Member (TT&WQ), CGWB,CHQ, Faridabad, Officers and officials of MoWR, RD & GR, Head of Office, CGWB, SR, Hyderabad  participated in the inspection programme.

        • National Geosciences Award 2016

        • Dr. Pradeep K. Naik, Superintending Hydrogeologist received National Geoscience Award 2016 for ground water exploration including project development, hydrogeological studies and management of ground water resources at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on 12.04.2017.


        • Workshops/Seminars/ Lecture/talk


        • A workshop/ meeting on ‘Aquifer Map and Ground Water Management, Meerut district’ was organized at Vikas Bhawan Conference Hall, Meerut on 29th April 2017. The meeting was chaired by the District Magistrate, Meerut, Shri Sameer Verma. The Chief Development Officer, Ms Divya Mittal was also present.

        •  Senior Scientist from CGWB ,NWR, Chandigarh  attended Training Workshop organized by M/s Deltares at New Delhi on 03.04.2017 & 05.04.2017.

        • Dr. S. K. Jain, Regional Director and Senior Scientist from CGWB ,NWR, Chandigarh  attended workshop on 17.04.2017 regarding Word Bank Water Quality Mission titled ‘Water Quality Management in Punjab State’.

        • Hindi Workshop was organized jointly by CGWB, SR, Hyderbad on 18.04.2017.  Officers & Officials from Region and Division IX participated in the Workshop.

        • Dr. P.N.Rao, Head of Office, CGWB, SR, Hyderabad  attended one day State Level Awareness Workshop on “Neeru & Pragathi” organised by Government of Andhra Pradesh on 08.04.2017 at Vijayawada and delivered a talk on “Ground Water – Management Options”. The Workshop was attended by VCs, State Government Officials, Farmers, Students, Water User Associations, etc.


        • Important Meetings


          • Senior officers from CGWB  attended the discussions and review meeting on “Analysis of stable isotopes at Hydrogen and oxygen in water samples collected from different parts of the country presenting different aquifers”  with Dr Despande, Sr Scientist, PRL, Ahmedabad  on 10th April 2017.

          • Shri Parvinder Singh, Regional Director and Dr. L. K. Mathur, Sc-D , CGWB, NCR, Bhopal attended meeting with Principal Secretary, WRD, Govt of MP regarding convergence of various central and state Govt. scheme for groundwater related activitie in Madhya Pradesh on 03-04-2017.

          • Senior officers from CGWB, ER, Kolkata had attended the 2nd Meeting of the Reconstituted Task Force held on 31/3/2017 in the WSSO, PHED office, New Secretariat Building, Kolkata-1.

          • Senior officers from CGWB, ER, Kolkata  had attended a meeting of the Hon’ble National Green Tribunal on Arsenic Pollution on 06/04/2017 at New Secretariat Building Kolkata.

          • A meeting was conducted by Kolkata Municipal Corporation on 12/4/2017 at 15:00hrs at the Conference hall, KMC, Kolkata, regarding Issuance of NOC for fresh & renewal of tube wells. The meeting was attended by Senior officers from CGWB, ER, Kolkata.

          • A video conference was conducted by NIC, ER, Kolkata between Secretary(MoWR,RD&GR) and the Principal Secretaries/ Secretaries of the states and respective Regional Directors of CGWB on 19.04.2017  discuss over the Scheme of PMKSY-Har Khet Ko Pani-Ground Water component for providing access to irrigation in 94 prioritised ‘most irrigation deprived’ low ground water developed districts in 12 States. The meeting was attended by Senior officers from CGWB, ER, Kolkata.

          • Sh. A.K. Agrawal, Regional Director, and Senior officer from CGWB, MER, Patna  alongwith Sh Ravindra Kumar,TS to Principal Secretary, MWRD, Govt. of Biharand Sh Dhruv Kumar, Assistant Engineer  attended  a video conferencing meeting with the Secretary, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, in connection with the PMSKY which was held on 19.04.2017 in NIC Centre Patna.

          • The Hon’ble Minister, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India called a meeting of officials of various offices of the Ministry located at Patna  on 24.04.2017.  From CGWB side, the meeting was attended by S/Shri A.K. Agrawal, Regional Director, Dr. S.K. Samanta, Suptd. Hydrogeologist and Shri G.K. Roy, Scientist-D. The Hon’ble Minister enquired about work done by CGWB in arsenic contaminated areas Bihar.

          • Sh. Sudama Upadhyay, Sc-D and Senior officer from CGWB,MER, Patna attended the Meeting on Flood related issues with Minor Water Resource Department, CWC & World Bank team on 13.04.2017 at FMIS centre, Patna.

          • ShriG.K.Roy, Sc-D & OIC, and Shri B.K. Oraon, Sc-D, attended a meeting with Commissioner, Coal Mines Provident Fund Organisation (CMPFO) atDhanbad on 27.04.2017 in connection with construction of Rain water harvesting structure in office and residential quarter buildings.

          • ShriG.K.Roy, Sc-D & OIC, and  Shri T.B.N. Singh Sc-D attended 2-day state workshops for the project “Strategic basin planning for the Ganga basin Project in India”at Ranchiduring 20th – 21st April 2017 at Jal Bhawan, Doranda, Ranchi – 834002.

          • 40th Meeting of the Central Ground Water Authority was held  on 03.04.2017 at New Delhi which was attended by Senior officer of the Board.

          • Shri D. P. Pati, Regional Director, Shri P. K. Mohapatra, Scientist-‘D’&Shri S. C. Behera attended meeting with the Principal Secretary, Department of Water Resources, Govt. of Odisha on 10.04.2017 & on 17.04.2017 regarding the PMKSY – HKP for concurrence from the State Govts. It was conveyed that Govt. of Odisha agreed with the modalities and arrangement proposed in principle.

          • ShriAnurag Khanna, Head of Office and  Senior officers from CGWB, UR, Dehradun participated in First Uttarakhnad State workshop on “State Specific Plan for Water Resources (SSAP)” held at Irrigation Research Institute(IRI), Roorkee, Haridwar district, Uttarakhand on 21st April 2017.

          • Senior officer from CGWB, NCCR, Raipur  attended Video Conferencing held on 19.04.2017 at Mahanadi Bhawan Mantralaya Naya Raipur. The Video Conferencing was held in between Dr. Amarjeet Singh, Secretary, Water Resources, MOWR New Delhi with Shri Ganesh Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Water Resources Govt of Chhattisgarh and Officers of State Govt Water Resources department and CGWB, NCCR Raipur.

          • Regional Director and senior officer from CGWB, WCR attended meeting with District Collector, Vadodara on April 6th, 7th and 10th ,2017  regarding Restructuring of Central Ground Water Authority and accordance of NOCs for the projects having ground water withdrawal below benchmark (500m3/day) by the District Magistrates/District Collectors/Deputy Commissioners.

          • Senior officer from CGWB,WCR, Ahmadabad  attended the video conferencing with Sec. Water Resources, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India in respect of PMKSY scheme to be implemented in the State of Gujarat held on 19/04/2017 at 10.00 hrs. at NIC, Gandhinagar .The Special Secretary, Narmada, Water Resources, Water Supply & Kalpsar (NWRWS & K) Department, Government of Gujarat, CE (P) & Additional Secretary, Narmada, Water Resources, Water Supply & Kalpsar (NWRWS & K) Department, Government of Gujarat, MD, Gujarat Water Resources Development Corporation (GWRDC)Ltd., Gandhinagar and SE, Gujarat Water Resources Development Corporation(GWRDC) Ltd., Gandhinagar were present during video conferencing.

          • Senior officer from CGWB,WR, Jaipur attended one day training program at Division level on Mission Water Conservation, Natural Resources Management (NRM) under MGNREGA framework, organized by District Collector and District Conveyor of Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme, Rajasthan held at Jaipur on 20th April, 2017.

          •  Senior officer from CGWB, SWR, Bengalor participated in the program Jal Divas organized by Central  water Commission at Bangalore on 14.04.2017.

          • K.M Vishwanath, Regional Director and senior officer form CGWB,SWR, Bangalore had a meeting with Principal Secretary(WWR), Government of Karnataka on 17.04.2017 regarding implementation of Har Khet Ko Paani (HKKP) under PMKSY in Karnataka.

          • Senior officers from CGWB,SECR, Chennai  participated in the 94th meeting of Tamil Nadu State Coastal Management Authority convened by the Director of Environment on 12.04.2017 at the Chambers of Principal secretary to Government, Environment and Forest Department, Secretariat, Chennai-09.

          • Shri. A. Subburaj, Senior officers from CGWB,SECR, Chennai  Head of Office and Dr. S. Subramanian, Scientist-D(Sr.HG) had meeting with District Collectors of Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram districts on 20.04.2017 in connection with opinion about issuing of NOC directly to the  Applicant withdrawing less than 500 cu.m/day and also to carry out the groundwater exploration and geophysical survey in those districts without hampering, due to stir over the hydrocarbon agitation.

        • Dr. P.N. Rao, HOO,CGWB SR, Hyderabad  participated in the Video Conference programme taken by Secretary, MoWR, RD & GR to review the activities under PMKSY being implemented in Telangana State at NIC, Hyderabad on 19.04.2017. Commissioner, CADA and Director, GWD, TS participated in the Video Conference. Secretary reviewed the progress of PMKSY and advised to resubmit the proposals as per guidelines.

        • Dr. P.N. Rao, HOO met Secretary, Water Resources, Government of Andhra Pradesh at AP Secretariat, Amavarathi in connection with finalization of Minutes of Meeting of               2nd State Ground Water Coordination Committee on 07.04.2017.  

        • Regional Director, CGWB, KR Trivendrum  accompanied the “Inter ministers central team for drought assessment” visiting kerala from 19th to 21st and participated in the discussion. The final meeting at Trivandrum was attended by ministers of government of kerala including revenue minister, agriculture minister and senior officials of state govt.