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National Hydrology Project(NHP)


Based on the successful outcome of HP-I & HP-II, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India with financial assistance from World Bank is now expanding the project as National Hydrology Project, to cover the entire country including the Ganga and Brahmaputra Basin states as well as the north eastern states. The project will thus strengthen information and its access, and will enable a cultural change of open access to information. It will also build up institutional capacity for informed decision making in water resources planning and operational management at the basin scale across India using the latest technology and tools.

Project Objective:

The project objective is “Improve the scope and accessibility of water resources data, information and strengthening of water resources planning and management  in India”

Project Highlights:

Approval for implementation of NHP under MoWR, RD and GR with an Outlet of Rs. 3679.7674 Crores (Rs.3640 for NHP+39.7674 for NWIC) has been given vide MoWR letter F. No. X - 92021 / 1 / 2016 - NHP / 1118 -1258 / Dt.23-06-2016. The details are given below.

Timeline: 8 years(FY 2016-17 to 2023-24)

Scale: Pan India

Lead Agency: MoWR, RD&GR

Implementing Agencies: 49 IAs across the country

Project Components:

Implementation activities of NHP involve building and strengthening capabilities, infrastructure, and knowledge through 4 components:

A. Water Resources Monitoring Systems

B. Water Resources Information Systems

C. Water Resources Operations and Planning Systems

D. Institutional Capacity Enhancement


Overall, there are 49 IAs: the lead IA (the MoWR, RD&GR);7 central agencies; 2 RBOs; and 39 state/UT agencies dealing with surface water and ground water development and management. All central and sub national IAs will be required to have project management units(PMUs), with a multidisciplinary team to implement project activities. Consistent with the NHP’s conceptualization as a national project covering the entire country, the MoWR, RD&GR is introducing the NHP as a ‘central sector scheme’, where funds will be allocated to the IAs as a grant from the central government.

Implementing Agencies:

  • MoWR, RD&GR as lead agency
  • 39 State/ UT agencies (SW & GW)
  • 2 River Basin Organizations
    • Bhakra Beas Management Board, Ministry of Power
    • Damodar Valley Corporation, Ministry of Power
  • 7 Central Government Agencies
  • Central Water Commission, MoWR, RD&GR
  • Central Ground Water Board, MoWR, RD&GR
  • National Institute of Hydrology, MoWR, RD&GR
  • Central Water and Power Research Station, MoWR, RD&GR
  • Central Pollution Control Board, MoEF&CC
  • Survey of India, DST
  • National Remote Sensing Centre, DOS


  • Allocation to Gujarat State:

Surface Water :   70 Crore

Ground Water :   31 Crore

Total             : 101 Crore

  • Creation of SPMU:

As per requirement of MoWR, RD & GR  dedicated State Project Monitoring Unit (SPMU) (Combined for SW and GW) has been constituted by Govt. of Gujarat vide letter No. WBP/102013/686/K-7/M I Cell/Dt. 20-06-2016.

  • Project Components:

Implementation activities of NHP involve building and strengthening capabilities, infrastructure, and knowledge through 4 components:

  1. Water Resources Data Acquisition System (WRDAS):

     A1.       Hydro-met Observation.

     A2.       Automated System Operation and Data Acquisition.

     A3.       Hydro Informatics Centers.

  1. Water Resources Information System (WRIS):

     B1.       National Water Resources Information System.        

     B2.       Regional Water Resources Information System.

  1. Water Resources Operation and Planning System (WROPS):

     C1.       Analytical and DSS tools.      

     C2.       Purpose Driven Studies.

     C3.       Knowledge Products and Dissemination.

  1. Institutions Capacity Enhancement (ICE):

     D1.       Water Resources Knowledge Centers.

     D2.       Professional Development.

     D3.       Project Management.

     D4.       Operational Cost.