Organisation  Structure

River Systems in Karnataka

Irrigation in Karnataka


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                        The Water Resources Development Organisation was formed in the year 1970 with headquarters at Bangalore. This organisation is headed by the Chief Engineer, supported by 5 Superintending Engineers and 7 Executive Engineers.


Designation & Postal address

Phone No.

Fax no.


Chief  Engineer,
Water Resources Development Organisation (W.R.D.O),
Ananda Rao Circle
Bangalore-560 009



Superintending Engineer,
Planning & Investigation Unit,
Ananda Rao Circle
Bangalore-560 009  



Superintending Engineer,
Hydrology Unit,
Ananda Rao Circle
Bangalore-560 009  






Geomatics centre,

Ananda Rao Circle
Bangalore-560 009  




Superintending Engineer, Irrigation Investigation Circle,  Mysore




Superintending Engineer, Irrigation Investigation Circle,  Yermarus,  Raichur District






1.      Investigation and Planning of  Major & Medium Irrigation Projects.

2.      Establishing, Maintenance, Collection and publication of Hydrological and Hydrometeorological data of the entire State.

3.      Hydrological analysis and design of Water Resources projects.

4.      Monitoring and Evaluation of projects.

5.      Establishment matters of Irrigation Department.

6.      Projects taken up for Investigation by adopting the latest techniques through Geomatics Centre.    


The Planning and Investigation Unit is headed by the Chief  Engineer, with supporting Technical Staff.   The activities of this unit are as follows.

(a)         Technical Scrutiny of Project Reports of proposed Major and Medium Irrigation Projects prepared by the field staff.

(b)         The scrutinised  project reports  will be placed before the Technical Advisory Committee for obtaining the Technical Approval.

(c)         Preparation of replies to the comments of the Central Water Commission, New Delhi, and arranging for clearance of projects.

(d)         Extending all assistance sought by the construction zones in getting the projects cleared by Central Water Commission New Delhi.

(e)        Interaction with the activities of National Water Development Agency, International Commission of Large Dams, Central Water Commission, Central Board of Irrigation and Power and Bureau of Indian Standards.

(f)         Interaction with the activities of the committee formed by the state Government in various disciples.


*         HYDROLOGY UNIT: 

                The studies of flow data at various points in different river basins and collection of rainfall data are most essential to assess the water resources in Karnataka state in a scientific manner. Hence Government of Karnataka has established a separate Hydrology Unit under Water Resources Development Organization, with the responsibility to collect data from various gauging stations spread all over the State for analyzing and validation of Hydrometric and Hydro meteorological data.

 The following Meteorological stations are working under the Jurisdiction of WRDO:

 A.            Hydrological Stations: 


                1.             Current Meter Gauging Stations                                                       -               35

                2.             Stage Discharge Stations                                                                   -               10

                3.             Silt and Sedimentation observations stations                                  -               21



B.            Hydrometeorological Stations:


                1.             Fully Climatic Stations                                                                      -             87

                2.             Autographic Rain gauge Stations                                                      -            202

                3.             Standard Rain gauge Stations                                                           -             761




             The data obtained from these Hydrological and Hydro meteorological stations are scrutinized, analyzed and processed. The data of Rain gauge Stations maintained by Water Resources Development Organization are published by the Department of Economics and Statistics after obtaining the data from the concerned Tahasildar office’s of the respective Taluks. The yield studies are being carried out for the irrigation, drinking and power projects.H.M.datas are being sent daily to KSNDMC.


             Water resources Department has taken up identification of unrepresented area where there are no rain gauge stations & HM stations. The proposals are being examined as per the IMD norms at Division office &Circle office for setting up of new rain gauge stations & HM stations for accurate data collection.


             This unit is collecting and compiling the rainfall data and flow data of our State regularly. This data is being used for carrying out water availability studies for the newly proposed projects which are being proposed by planning unit of Water Resources Development Organization. The yield is being revised for the existing projects whenever needed. This unit is carrying out the hydrological studies of the new projects whenever it is required. Apart from this, data are being given to the users on their request.



The Hydrology Project Phase - I was taken up with World Bank Assistance and the project became effective in Karnataka State on 10.12.1996. The project was implemented over a period of seven years and ended on 31.12.2003. The project was implemented by 9 states and 5 central agencies.  


The objective of this project was to set up a well-designed network in the country for collection of Hydrological and Hydro meteorological data both for Surface Water and Ground Water, in respect of quality and quantity. With this data, user-friendly and easily accessible databases are developed in the domains of ground water, surface water, rain fall and hydro-meteorology.  


Major Achievements of the water resources department through Hydrology Project – I are :  


*      Up gradation of existing Hydrological and Hydro meteorological stations. 

*      Establishment of Surface data centre in Bangalore.

*      Establishment of Water Quality Labs.

*      Data from 1901 has been computerized. 

*      Bathymetric survey equipments were procured for conducting sedimentation surveys of reservoirs. 


The Hydrology Project – I has thus helped the Department in creation of permanent assets for water resources department and helped in better collection of quality data, its computerization in SWDES software, its processing and for final storage. This Data is being disseminated to potential users for better water resources planning and management.. 



Hydrology Project – II is a follow up action project of World Bank Aided Hydrology Project – I, wherein infrastructure for collection of data was established. The project became effective from 5th April 2006 and ended on 31.05.2014  


The overall project development objective of HP-II is to extend and promote the sustained and effective use of Hydrologic Information System by all potential users, concerned with water resources planning and management thereby contributing to improved productivity and cost-effectiveness of water related investments. . 




*      • The real time data transfer system has been established for transfer of rainfall data from Rain gauge stations through SMS Technology to the Central Server located at Bangalore. Automatic Weather Stations have been installed, and weather data is being received at an interval of every 30 minutes from these stations to the central server at Bangalore.  

RTDAS system for measurement of flows & Water level in rivers to assess inflow into major reservoirs of Karnataka has been established.



*      Under this project training centre at KERS, K.R.Sagar has been upgraded. 

*      A Purpose Driven Study on study of river water samples at various sites in southern Karnataka has been completed. 

National Hydrology Project (HP – III): 

*      National Hydrology Project has been approved by Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India .The Draft Proposals for Karnataka Surface Water Component of NHP/HP-III has been prepared for Rs 110.00 Crores and submitted to Ministry of Water Resources, New Delhi, Government of India.EFC clearance for the project has been obtained by MOWR,Govt.India. NHP is likely to become effective from Oct-2016. 


This zone was created in G.O.No.PWD: 36: PCO:87 dated 21/04/1987 as per suggestions  of  World  Bank Mission for  World Bank Assistance National  Water Management Project. The monitoring unit was opened on 11/05/1987 with its head quarters at Bangalore and this unit was subsequently designated as Monitoring and Evaluation in G O No: PWD: 36: PCO: 87 dated 20/07/1987. Also this Zone was entrusted with the monitoring of projects taken up under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) and National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). In G.O.No. ID: 67 MBI 97.Bangalore Dated 26/03/1998 this organisation is now headed by Superintending Engineer under the control of Chief Engineer, WRDO Bangalore. 

 This Organisation is headed by a Superintending Engineer under the control of Chief Engineer, W.R.D.O., Bangalore and is assisted by 2 Executive Engineers, 4 Assistant Executive Engineers, 6 Assistant Engineers, 3 Junior Engineers and administrative staff. 

The World Bank Assisted National Water Management Project came to end as on 31/03/1995.   

 Further in G.O. No. ID 49 MI 95 Part III Bangalore dated 01/01/1996, the Chief Engineer, Monitoring and Evaluation, Bangalore has been appointed as Member-Secretary of the High Level Committee for monitoring the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development(NABARD ) assisted ongoing major, medium and minor irrigation projects in Karnataka under the Chairman ship of Development Commissioner.  Now the NABARD assisted projects progress is reviewed by the Empowered Committee under the Chairmanship of Development Commissioner, Government of Karnataka. 

Six medium irrigation projects and 88 minor irrigation projects are taken up in the State of Karnataka with assistance of NABARD under RIDF-I.  Similarly one major irrigation project and 3 minor irrigation projects have been taken up under  RIDF-II. Under RIDF-III one minor irrigation projects under RIDF-IV 20 MI projects, RIDF-V one MI project., RIDF-VI 36 MI projects RIDF-VII 15 M.I projects, RIDF-VIII 76 MI Projects, RIDF -IX 191MI projects RIDF-X 191 projects ,RIDF-XI 290 projects, RIDF-XIII 831 projects RIDF-XIV 358 projects and RIDF-XV 416 projects have been taken up. 

This Office will obtain the expenditure of works from the concerned Project authorities, verify the same and submit the proposals to the Government for obtaining reimbursement for Nabard. 

The claims made by the project authorities regarding these works are scrutinized in this office and submitted to Government for onward transmission to NABARD for reimbursement. During this Year Rs. 112.06 Crores proposals have been obtained from Project authorities and after verification for proposals to the tune of Rs. 99.09 Crores have been submitted to Government for reimbursement. 

During the year 2009-10 this office had consolidated the draft departmental replies to the CAG report (revenue receipts) for the year ending 31.3.2001 and draft Para pertaining to Revenue Receipts in the Draft CAG civil report for the year 2008-09 and the same has been submitted to Government. 

Government vide letter No.ID/104/MMG/95 dated 30/03/1996 have appointed the Chief Engineer,(Now Superintending Engineer) Monitoring & Evaluation, Bangalore as Nodal Officer for furnishing all the information and periodical returns required by the Central Water Commission in respect of the following major and medium projects.

1. Ghataprabha



4.Feeder Channel to  Ranikere tank.

5. Hirehalla

6. Maskinala

7. Karanja

8. Bennithora

9. Amarja




13. Votehole








Government Vide letter No.ID/36/MMG/96 dated 28/03/1996 have entrusted to this office with the work of compiling of periodical returns pertaining to major, medium and minor irrigation projects under different irrigation zones.

Monthly Grant and Outlay statement under all the plan head and maintenance heads in the prescribed formats are obtained from the concerned irrigation projects compiled and submitted to Government.  

As   per Government letter No.ID/77/MMG (T)/96 (P) dated 15/01/97 the Chief Engineer, (Now Superintending Engineer) Monitoring and Evaluation, Bangalore has been appointed as Nodal Officer for monitoring the progress of centrally sponsored Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme AIBP, Viz., 1) U.K.P. Stage-I Phase II, 2).Malaprabha, 3) Hirehalla, 4) Ghataprabha and 5) Karanja Projects.   The AIBP Norms Guide Lines were amended during 1999-2000 and the central loan assistance given was in the ratio of 2:1 (Central: State) instead of existing 1:1.  In the year 2001-02 two new projects viz., 1) UKP Stage- II & 2)Gandorinala was included under AIBP.  During the year 2002-03 Maskinala Project was also included under AIBP, Hirehalla and Maskinala projects have been completed.  During the year  2009-10, one new project viz., Varahi project have been included.  Periodical Progress reports have been obtained from the concerned project authorities and submitted to Government. 


The season wise and crop wise details of Area Irrigated and Demand raised year wise are being collected from all irrigation projects coming under irrigation zones and same is consolidated and findings are submitted to Government. 


Information from all irrigation zones are being collected and consolidated Annual Administration Report of Water Resources Department is also being prepared in this office and submitted to Government, since 1985-86.  The latest Annual Administration Report of Water Resources Department for the year 2008-09 has been prepared and submitted to Government on 26/11/2009. 


The Schedule of Rates Committee is Constituted by Govt., Vide GO No.WRD: 123 :KBN: 2008 Bangalore dt.15/01/2010 Sri.D.N. Desai , Principal Adviser, Water Resources Department, as the Chairman and Superintending Engineer, Monitoring & Evaluation, Bangalore, as the Member Secretary. This committee has to formulate Data for irrigation projects and prepare Schedule of Rates. So far the committee has conducted 3 meetings and after the finalization of the Schedule of Rates for the year 2010-11, the same will be submitted to the Government. 


The Dam Safety Review Panel is constituted by Government vide G.O. No. ID 35: 2004, Bangalore, dated 23/01/2007, under the Chairmanship of Dr.Y.K.Murthy, former CWC, Delhi, and the Superintending Engineer, Monitoring and Evaluation, Bangalore, as the Convener for the above panel.  This panel is evaluating the safety review by expert panel and recommends its finding after inspecting each dam. There are 146 Dams in the State, which are more than 15 M in height or which store 60 mm3 or more water or discharge 2000 Cubic m/sec.

So for 41 dams are inspected by the panel and report submitted. 4 dams were inspected by Independent panel by the year 2004. 

There after the government has formed 2 separate teams to inspect remaining large dams coming under Major and Medium Irrigation Project Zone under the State vide G.O.No.ED/DSRP/2006, Bangalore dated 04/12/2006.  These teams have so far inspected 16 dams under which, report for 13 dams is already submitted, and for 3 dams report is being submitted.  Separate two teams have been formed to inspect large dams coming under Minor  irrigation   Zone,under   the G.O.No.ED/18/DSRP/ 2006, Bangalore, dated 28/05/2007. These teams have already inspected 15 dams for which report for 8 dams is already submitted and for 7 dams report is being submitted.  


To publish the details of various dams in the website, NPDP has been launched.  So far19 dam details have been submitted to WRDO, to launch the website. 

For efficient management of river water in the basins E-monitoring is being proposed.  In this connection the details from various companies have been obtained, and it is being reviewed.  Report along with recommendations will be prepared by the committee and submitted. 

During the year 2009-10 this organization has incurred an expenditure of Rs.118.32 lakhs as against the grant of Rs.138.72 lakhs. 



             Projects taken up for Investigation by adopting the latest techniques through Geomatics Centre are as follows. 

·      Survey and Investigations  of potentials flows  from    West    to   East  and  North Eastern part of Karnataka, the work is entrusted to N.R.S.A., Hyderabad.  Till date 13 thematic maps of 6 themes each have been supplied.  So far, the Executive Engineer, I.I.Division, Mysore have paid Rs.257.84 Lakhs to N.R.S.A., Hyderabad. 

·      For implementation of State Water Policy Water Resources Data Center has to be established. 

·     Geomatics lab has been equipped with 3 workstations and one plotter along with one P.C. with Auto CAD, GIS and ERDAS software for water resources planning and investigations. Further the center has been strengthened by procuring One A0 scanner. During the year 2008-09 two more Arc GIS 9.3 version software with 3D and spatial analyst extension have been procured for the Geomatics Center along with upgrading of existing Arc GIS 9.0  to 9.3 version.  Two more Hp work stations and One Hp server has been procured for the center’s use. 

·    Different maps based on the available data in K.G., Cauvery and Hydrology Units and maps for Inter State Tribunal have been generated and given for their use from time to time   

·    Maps showing position of Hydrometerlogical Stations in Karnataka is under preparation. 

·     Assisting Hydrology Unit of Central Office in preparation of Catchment area delineation   indicating   the influencing rain gauges for all dams and M.I. Tanks under Dam Safety preparedness in Karnataka State. 

·     Web Enabled GIS based water Resources Information System pertaining to   Karnataka State is to be generated on 1:50,000 scale for 29 layers of information and furnished to the CWC as per the Central Government request.  Relevant date from all the Major and Medium Minor Irrigation Projects is being asked by the concerned head of the zones of different projects. 

·     Generation of Action plan for Dam safety/Technical preparedness for large /medium dams of the state using the GIS technology is in progress.