The National Water Development Agency (NWDA), a Registered Society under the then Ministry of Irrigation [now Ministry of Jal Shakti (MoJS) , Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (DoWR, RD&GR)] was set up in the year 1982 to carry out detailed studies, surveys and investigations in respect of Peninsular Component under National Perspective Plan (NPP) for Water Resources Development. The functions of NWDA were published under para 4 of the Gazette Notification No. 1 (7)/80-PP dated 26.08.1981. The Government subsequently modified the functions of NWDA to include the Himalayan Component of the NPP for Water Resources Development through the Resolution No. 22/27/92-BM dated 11th March, 1994, composition of Society and Governing Body contained in Para 3 & 5 of the Resolution No. 1(7)/80-PP dated 26.08.1981 through the Resolution Nos. 2/9/2002-BM dated 13th Feb, 2003 and 12th March, 2004 and modified the functions of NWDA to include the activity to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of River Link proposals under the NPP for Water Resources Development after concurrence of the concerned States vide Notification No. 2/18/2005-BM dated 30.11.2006. Further, with the concurrence of the concerned co-basin States the preparation of DPRs of Intra-State links as may be proposed by the States was added in the functions of NWDA vide Resolution No. 2/18/2005-BM/943 dated 19th May, 2011. Further, two more new functions in the mandate of NWDA were added vide Gazette Notification No. 2/17/2016-BM dated 07.10.2016 viz., (i) to undertake/ construct/repair/renovate/rehabilitate/implement the projects under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna (PMKSY) and (ii) to act as a repository of borrowed funds or money received on deposit or loan given on interest to secure the repayment of any such borrowed funds/money/deposit/loan etc. for the execution of projects.
It has now been decided to further amend the function (d) of NWDA i.e. “To prepare DPR of river link proposals under the NPP for Water Resources Development after concurrence of the concerned States” as “To carry out surveys & investigations work and prepare DPRs of river link proposals under the NPP for Water Resources Development and thereafter approach concerned States for obtaining concurrence for implementation of the project”.
To enable NWDA to undertake above activities, functions are modified as under: