New Delhi, the 14th January 1997

(As amended on 13.1.1998, 5.1.1999 and 6.11.2000)


            S.O.38 (E). -In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29of 1986) (hereinafter referred to as the said Act), the Central Government hereby constitute the Central Ground Water Board as an Authority for the purposes of regulation and control of Ground Water Management and Development from the date of publication of this notification in the official gazette, namely: -


1.                  Chairman, Central Ground Water Board                                         Chairman

2.                  Member (Survey, Assessment and Monitoring),

Central Ground Water Board                                                          Member

3.                  Member (Exploration Drilling and Materials Management),

Central Ground water Board                                                           Member

4.                  Member (Sustainable Management and Liasing),

Central Ground Water Board                                                          Member

5.                  Member (Training and Technology Transfer),

Central Ground Water Board                                                          Member

6.                  Joint Secretary (Administration),

Ministry of Water Resources                                                     Member

7.                  Joint Secretary and Financial Adviser,

Ministry of Water Resources                                                     Member

8.                  Joint Secretary,

Ministry of Environment and Forests                                               Member

9.                  Chief Engineer, Irrigation Management Organisation

Water, Planning and Projects), Central Water Commission     Member

10.              Director/General Manager,  (Exploration),

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.                                        Member


The Authority may invite from time to time the following as special invitees as and when required:


1.               Joint Secretary (Soil and Water Conservation), Department of Agriculture and Co-operation.

2.               Joint Secretary (Water Supply), Ministry of Urban Development.

3.               Joint Secretary (Department of Drinking Water Supply), Ministry of Rural Development.

4.               Director, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee.

5.               Director, National Geo-physical Research Institute, Hyderabad



2.         The Authority shall exercise the following powers and perform the following functions, namely: -


(i)                  exercise of powers under section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 for issuing directions and taking such measures in respect of all the matters referred to in sub-section (2) of section 3 of the said Act;

(ii)                 to resort to the penal provisions contained in sections 15 to 21 of the said Act;

(iii)                to regulate and control, management and development of ground water in the country and to issue necessary regulatory directions for this purpose;

(iv)             exercise of powers under Section 4 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, for appointment of officers.


3.         The jurisdiction of the Authority shall be whole of India.


4.         The Authority shall function under the administrative control of the Government of India in the Ministry of Water Resources with its Headquarters at Delhi.





Dr. V. Rajagopalan

Joint Secretary to the Government of India.



Foot Note: The principal notification was published vide No. S.O. 38(E) dated the 14th January 1997, in Part-II, section 3, sub-section (ii) of the Gazette of India, Extraordinary and subsequently amended vide Notification No. S.O. 40 (E) dated the 13th January 1998, No. S.O. 9 (E) dated the 5th January 1999 and No. S.O (1024) E dated 6th November 2000.




                Note: Bold letters indicate amendments.