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Central Ground Water Board Faridabad

Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), is a multi-disciplinary scientific organization   of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India. Central Ground Water Board is the National Apex Agency entrusted with the responsibilities of providing scientific inputs for management, exploration, monitoring, assessment, augmentation and regulation of ground water resources of the country. Central Ground Water Board was established in 1970 by renaming the Exploratory Tube wells Organization under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. It was merged with the Ground Water Wing of the Geological Survey of India during 1972.


The mandate of Central Ground Water Board is to " Develop and disseminate technologies and monitor and implement national policies for the scientific and sustainable development and management of India's ground water resources, including their exploration, assessment, conservation, augmentation, protection from pollution, and distribution, based on principles of economic and ecological efficiency and equity”.

Our Vision: 

Sustainable Development and Management of Ground Water Resources of the Country.

Our Mission:

  • To develop ground water policies, programmes and practices to monitor and enable effective use of the country’s ground water resources in a sustainable manner with active involvement of all stakeholders.
  • To put into place scientific system and practices, which would result in sustained increase in ground water use efficiency.
  • To disseminate information, skills and knowledge, which would help in capacity building and massawareness in ground water sector.

Organization Setup:

The Central Ground Water Board is headed by the Chairman and has six Members. The central Headquarter is at Faridabad. The administrative and financial matters of the Board are being dealt with by the Director (Administration) and Member(Finance) respectively. For undertaking the activities in field, 18 Regional Offices, each headed by a Regional Director, have been established in the country. 11 State Unit Offices have also been established in those states having large geographical area for better management of field activities. 17 Divisional offices handle the exploratory drilling and related activities, each headed by an Executive Engineer. Both the State Unit offices and Divisional Offices work under the overall administrative control of the respective Regional offices. 

Organization Setup of Central Ground Water Board

 Activities:  CGWB being the national apex organization is vested with the responsibilities to carry out scientific studies , exploration aided by drilling , monitoring of ground water regime, assessment, augmentation, management and regulation of country’s ground water resources. The major activities of the Board are:- 

  • National Aquifer mapping and Management ( NAQUIM) involving Preparation of Aquifer Maps and Management Plans.
  • Ground water explorations to delineate ground water worthy areas and potential aquifers.
  • Geophysical surveys to delineate ground water bearing zones etc.
  • Periodic assessment of the country's ground water resources
  • Monitoring of Ground water levels and quality through ground Water observation wells.
  • Dissemination of Ground Water Data and knowledge.
  • Ground water modeling
  • GIS and Remote sensing
  •  Regulation and control of ground water development and management by CGWA in coordination with State Government Organizations.
  • Coordination with State Government with a view to establish benchmark methodologies for ground water studies.
  • R & D studies in ground water sector and application and operationalization of new technologies/ techniques for ground water investigation, development and management.
  • Water conservation and Artificial recharge to ground water
  • Capacity building and knowledge transfer.

 CGWB Location Map


CGWB Central Headquarters, Faridabad


Regional Offices (18)

Divisional Offices (17)

State Unit Offices (10)

North West Himalayan Region, Jammu



North Himalayan Region, Dharamshala

Division- XVII, Dharamshala


North Western Region, Chandigarh

Division-II, Ambala


Uttaranchal Region, Dehradun



Northern Region,Lucknow


Division-XVI, Bareilly


Western Region, Jaipur

Division-XI, Jodhopur


Mid Eastern Region, Patna



Eastern Region, Kolkata

Division-XV, Kolkata


North Eastern Region, Guwahati

Division-VII, Guwahati

Shillong, Agartala, Itanagar

West Central Region, Ahemdabad

Division-I, Ahemdabad


North Central Region,Bhopal

Division-XII, Bhopal


North Central Chhatishgarh Region, Raipur

Division-XIII- Raipur


South Eastern Region, Bhubaneshwar

Division-X, Bhubaneshwar


Central Region, Nagpur



South Region,Hyderabad

Division-IX, Hyderabad


South Western Region,Bangalore

Division-XIV, Bangalore


South Eastern Coastal Region, Chennai

Division-IV, Chennai


Kerala Region, Trivendrum






Rajiv Gandhi National Ground Water Training and Research Institute (RGNGWTRI) :


The Institute has been established as training arm of Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India in the year 1997 at Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Currently, it is part of the plan scheme of Human Resource Development (HRD)/ Capacity Building of MoWR, Rd & GR.It is engaged in capacity building of ground water professionals and sub-professionals in core and applied field of ground water science since its establishment.

The Institute is envisaged to function as "Centre of Excellence" in training and research in the core and applied field of ground water. In view of the upcoming challenges in sustainable management of the ground water resource, it has a national role of training and capacity building of ground water professionals. The training is imparted to different target groups including stakeholders at panchayat/community development blocks level, district level officers and state level professionals under a three tier .The institute strives:

  • To be an international center of excellence in Training, Research and Development in the groundwater sector
  • To provide training to ground water professionals and sub-professionals in various fields of ground water
  • To train NGO, PRIs and other stake holders of ground water
  • To train various stake holders for taking up ground water monitoring and data collection work for Aquifer Mapping under Participatory Ground Water Management Program of National Project on Aquifer Management (NAQUIM)
  • To undertake Research and development works in Ground Water Sector