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Central Water Commission

(Serving the nation since 1945)


Name :

Shri J. Chandrashekhar Iyer

Service/ Year :

Central Water Engineering Service (CWES) - 1984

Designation/Organisation :

Chairman, Central Water Commission & Ex-officio Secretary to Government of India, Department of Water Resources, RD & GR, Ministry of Jal Shakti.

Date of joining service :

22nd August 1986

Academic Qualifications :

  • 1984: B. E. (Civil), SV National Institute of Technology, Surat, Gujarat
  • 1986: M. Tech. (Civil), Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • 1994: M.S.(Hydropower Development), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Senior positions held :

  • Member (Design & Research), Central Water Commission, DoWR, RD & GR, Ministry of Jal Shakti
  • Chairman, National Dam Safety Authority, DoWR, RD & GR, Ministry of Jal Shakti
  • Chief Executive Officer, Polavaram Project Authority, DoWR, RD & GR, Ministry of Jal Shakti
  • Chairman, Godavari River Management Board, DoWR, RD & GR, MoJS, Hyderabad
  • Chairman, Krishna River Management Board, DoWR, RD & GR, MoJS, Hyderabad
  • Commissioner (Flood Management), DoWR, RD & GR, Ministry of Jal Shakti, New Delhi
  • ITEC Water Expert to Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of Ethiopia

Key Professional Affiliations :

  • Fellow of the Indian Water Resources Society (IWRS)
  • Fellow of the Indian Society of Hydraulics (ISH)
  • Life Member, Indian Society of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling Technology
  • Life Member, Indian Geotechnical Society, Delhi Chapter
  • Chartered Engineer, Institution of Engineers (India)

Domestic and International Training :

  • National/International Conferences/Workshops and training modules in India
  • “Construction Techniques and Management” at Hydro-Quebec International, Montreal, Canada.

Professional Experience :

Over 36 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the water resources sector, implementing the policies, programmes and projects of Central Government. Key areas of specialization include irrigation/hydropower and dams project planning, due diligence, hydraulic and structural analysis and detailed design engineering of various components of surface and underground projects, dam safety engineering, trouble shooting, project construction coordination and implementation.

Over the years, he has made significant contributions in the design engineering of several projects in the country, notable being Nathpa Jhakri and Rampur hydropower projects in Himachal Pradesh, Srisailam underground project in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, Pykara project in Tamil Nadu and Doyang dam project in Nagaland.

His overseas contribution includes design consultancy/expert advice to projects in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal and Tajikistan.

He has steered the implementation of Polavaram irrigation project across the river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh, which inter alia involves construction of a large earth-cum-rock fill dam, spillway and irrigation system. He has also held the additional charge of Chairman, National Dam Safety Authority, newly established under the provisions of the Dam Safety Act, 2021.

He has earlier been associated with the implementation of the Tribunal Awards/Agreements on few Inter-State rivers in the country. He has also been involved in the bilateral discussions on water resources projects and in the implementation of the Treaties/Agreements on trans-boundary rivers with Bangladesh and Nepal through the established bilateral mechanisms.

He has made significant technical contribution to BIS Codes, CWC, CBIP and IRC publications. He has delivered talks in various forums in India and abroad. He has to his credit around 35 papers in National and International Conferences/Journals/Springer/Taylor & Francis publications. He is recipient of IGS-AFCONS award for the best paper and recipient of Landmark Publication award on three occasions.