Department of Irrigation Department of Irrigation

1.  Name of the Administrative Department: Water Resources Department, Punjab

2.  Minister In charge:

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Office Residence Mobile

Shri. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria
Cabinet Minister

Hon'ble Water Resources Minister Punjab 2740119 2540494 9814050171 -


3.  Additional Chief Secretary / Financial Commissioner / Principal Secretary / Secretary of Administrative Department:

Name & Designation e-mail Telephone Nos. Photograph

Sh. A Venu Prasad IAS
Principal Secretary, Water Resources    -

Sh. Arunjit Singh Miglani IAS
 Mission Director/Ground Water Management Directorate

0172-2792902 -

Sh. Karnesh Sharma, IAS Special Secretary, Water Resources 0172-2660403 -

Smt. Parampal Kaur Sidhu IAS
Addl. Secretary, Water Resources

0172-2743875 -


4. Head of Department

Name & Designation


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Sh. Jagmohan Singh Mann
Chief Engineer/Canals



Sh. Sanjeev Kumar Gupta
Chief Engineer/Drainage



Sh. Harminder Singh Arora
Chief Engineer/Water Resources



Sh. Ashwani Kumar Kansal

Chief Engineer/KAD



Sh. Jagmohan Nagi
Chief Engineer/Shahpurkandi Construction



Chief Engineer/Lining



Sh. K.K Gupta

Chief Engineer/RSDD



Sh. K.K Gupta
Chief Engineer/SKPD



Sh. Jagmohan Nagi
Chief Engineer/RSDC


Smt. Geeta Singla
Chief Engineer/Vigilance




Sh. Jasbir Singh Sandhu
Chief Engineer/IPRI & Research



Smt. Geeta Singla

Chief Engineer/Planning




5.  Business Rules of the department:

               Punjab, the name derived from the Persian words, Punj (five) and ab (water) was a land of five rivers which formed part of Indus Basin till 1947. Punjab Irrigation Department was set up in the year 1849 and has a very well developed and interlinked river system and widespread 14500 kms long Canal System. Water Resources Department, Punjab is entrusted with construction/management of various rivers, canals, drainage systems, dams in Punjab.

Water Resources Department, Punjab comprises of 12 different administrations. Their names with respective functions are listed below:-

1. Canal
Water is the most essential natural resource, a basic human need and the most important input for all human development activity. The main objective of the administration is to develop, plan, utilize and manage this important resource for irrigation in a judicious, equitable, sustainable and sound economic manner. An Act to regulate irrigation, namely ‘Northern India Canal and Drainage Act, 1873 has been enacted for this purpose.

2. Drainage
There are three perennial Rivers namely Ravi, Beas & Sutlej and one non-perennial river namely River Ghaggar in the State of Punjab. Besides these rivers several Choes, Nadies and Khads also traverse the State of Punjab and out falling into these Rivers. Mainly Sakki/ Kiran Nallah, Sakki Nallah Diversion, Patti Nallah, Kasur Nallah, Hudiara Nallah, Chand Bhan Drain, Budha Nallah, Chand Bhan Diversion Drain, Jhabowali Choe, Swan Nadi etc. Drainage administration is entrusted with task of managing these river/drain systems.

3. Water Resources
Water Resources Organization is primarily entrusted with Research and Development activities relating to ground water and surface water. Various activities being undertaken by this organization are Ground Water monitoring, collection of ground water data, preparations of various maps to depict ground water level fluctuations, ground water investigations dynamic ground water estimation, collection and storage of rainfall data and surface water data, up-gradation of hydro meteorological and surface water observation sites in Punjab State. In addition to this, this organization also deals with framing of policy matters like ground water legislation, state water policy and other matters relating to water resources referred by Government from time to time.

4. KAD
KAD Administration is primarily responsible for the development of the Kandi area for attenuation of floods and for providing irrigation facilities to the Kandi area which otherwise has been starved of assured irrigation, besides, repair/maintenance and running of already completed Canal/Dams in the region. Total 71621 hectares of land is proposed to be brought under command of Kandi canal and low dams.

5. Shahpurkandi Dam Construction
This administration deals with construction of Shahpurkandi Dam. This dam comprising 55.5m high dam with two Power Houses having total installed capacity of 206 MW, is being constructed across the River Ravi, 11 KM downstream of Ranjit Sagar Dam Project and 8 KM upstream of Madhopur Head Works. Project will create Irrigation potential of 37173 hactare (5000 in Punjab and 32173 in J&K), intensive irrigation in UBDC System and regulated supply to Rajasthan. It shall also act as a balancing reservoir qua the Ranjit Sagar Dam Project, since currently its releases, guided more by the Power-generation considerations, are playing havoc with the UBDC System.

6. Shahpurkandi Dam Design
The office of Chief Engineer/SKPD, Chandigarh look after all the Design & Drawing works of Shahpurkandi Dam Project (SPK) for its various components i.e. SPK Dam (Over-Flow and Non-Over Flow Sections), SPK Hydel Channel, Head Regulator, By-Pass, In -Take Forebay Structures, Power Houses, Tail Race & all Electro-Mechanical Components of the Project. There are five directorates under this administration, namely, Dams, Power Plant-II, Power Plant-III, A W and M&E.

7. Ranjit Sagar Dam Construction
This administration deals with construction/repair/maintenance activities at Ranjit Sagar Dam which is a 160 meter high earth core cum gravel shell Dam, a multipurpose river valley project.

8. Ranjit Sagar Dam Design
After commissioning of the Ranjit Sagar Dam Project, the Design Organization is engaged in the following main works:

        1. Processing and analysis of instrument data.
        2. Preparation of memos and reports for consideration by the Board of Consultants and the Dam Safety Advisory Committee.
        3. Development of early warning system and preparation of inundation plans.
        4. Reservoir regulation studies.
        5. Preparation of completion plans, design write up and data book etc. so as to record history, sequence and lessons learnt during the course of construction.

9. Lining
This administration deals with lining of canals in Punjab. Main objectives of lining are:-

        1. To deliver assured and equitable supplies of canal water to the farmers by making    the channels capable of taking their authorized discharge.
        2. To reduce incidents of frequent eroding, cuts and breaches of canal banks.
        3. To reduce seepage in the areas where water table is quite high thereby reducing water logging.
        4. To economize the use of land presently under Katcha/unlined channels having unprecendentedly wider sections
        5. To improve operational efficiency and to reduce operational and maintenance cost.
        6. To improve the working of problematic channels suffering from frequent silting, scouring and chronic shortage at tails and also having operational draw backs.

10. Planning
Chief Engineer/Planning Irrigation Works Punjab, Chandigarh has been entrusted with the job of planning various ongoing, conceived and under investigation projects of the Irrigation Department and evaluation of the completed projects. The progress of the ongoing works under various modes of financial Assistance from the Punjab Government, Centre Government, National Funding Agencies, etc. under various programmes of the Government is prepared by this organization with consultation of the Planning Department, Government of Punjab. Annual plans & five yeas Plans of various Plan schemes is also being prepared by this organization. Chief Engineer Planning is also Chairman of Departmental Condemnation Board, Chandigarh. The work is carried out by the Chief Engineer/Planning office through three Directorates/Circle namely; Project Coordination Directorate, Evaluation Directorate and Project Circle.

11. Irrigation & Power Research
The objective of the Irrigation & Power Research Institute, Punjab, Amritsar is to undertake Research Investigations pertaining to Basic & Fundamental Research Studies on a number of subject relating to Foundation Engineering, Concrete Technology, Hydraulics Model Studies, Land Reclamation, Hydrology & Groundwater etc.. This Institute also accepts works on deposit basis at very nominal costs & provides consultancy regarding model testing & other analytical facilities in the field as well as in Laboratories to various Government, Semi-Government & Private Organizations in Punjab, adjoining states & other Private agencies.

12. Vigilance
There is a Vigilance Wing in the Irrigation Department to check working of different field, project & design offices of Irrigation Deptt. Vigilance Wing's routine functions are as under:-

  1. Checking of important projects estimates/detailed estimates at site to avoid inflation/exaggeration in various provisions.
  2. Inspection of percentage of important works at any stage of execution for ensuring (a) quality (b) Specification (c) Execution to Scheduled programme and (d) avoiding undue deviations for design during construction (e) avoiding of undue/excess payments to agencies (f) effecting recoveries for already made wrong payments.
  3. Checking a percentage of concluded contracts/work orders for ensuring reasonable rates, to avoid ambiguity in conditions and specifications.
  4. Checking a percentage of bills after final payments with reference to measurements and the rates paid against the sanctioned rates. Also to avoid payments of several such items which are not included in the original Supplementary contract.
  5. Occasional inspections of Divisions/Circle offices to avoid delays in the sanction of design, drawing, estimates, tenders, final bills of the Agencies. Also to curb down the tendency of allowing higher rates in tenders than the prevailing schedule of rates.
  6. Surprise checking of various irrigation channels to avoid tampering with outlets and thus to ensure equitable distribution of Irrigation supply.
  7. Bringing to the notice of the Govt/Chief Engineers the flaws and ambiguities in the various rules and procedures to ensure efficiency and quality of work in the field.
  8. Pointing out whenever possible, latest techniques/know how for design and construction of irrigation structures.
  9. To afford technical advice to the State Vigilance Department and to help the Irrigation Department & Accountant General, Punjab in setting Technical points taken in audit objections, draft paras, bills & contracts etc.

6.  Services provided by Deaprtment:

        As stated above.


7.  Names of Board / Corporations / Commissions / Societies working under the control of the Administrative Department along with information of their Heads as under:

Punjab Water Resources Management & Development Corporation (PWRM&DC):
Punjab State Tubewell Corporation (P.S.T.C.) now Punjab Water Resources Management & Development Corporation (PWRM&DC) was incorporated in December, 1970 with the main objectives of utilization of ground water resources in the State of Punjab thereby providing irrigation facilities to the farmers through installation of Deep Tubewells in the most backward Kandi area of the State which is devoid of other means of irrigation due to deep water table and difficult underground geological formations.

Name & Designation e-mail Telephone Nos. Official Website
Sh. A. S. Miglani, IAS 0172-2740553
Managing Director
Sh. Ashish Midda 0172-2220077


8.  Important Documents:

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 Office Manuals

1 Irrigation Manual of Orders
2 A Manual of Irrigation Practice Vol. I
3 A Manual of Irrigation Practice Vol. II
4 A Manual of Administration
5 PWD Code
6 The Canal and Drainage Act 1873
7 Punjab Govt. Gaz. (Extra), November 11, 2014
8 Irrigation Branch - Revenue Manual I
9 Irrigation Branch - Revenue Manual II
10 Irrigation Branch - Revenue Manual III
11 Irrigation Branch - Revenue Manual IV


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