CHENNAI: Sharad Kumar Jain has assumed the additional charge of director general, National Water Development Agency (NWDA) under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
According to an official statement, Jain is presently working with National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee. Jain succeeds S Masood Husain who has moved over as Member (WP&P), Central Water Commission.
NWDA was set up in 1982 as an autonomous society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, to carry out water balance and other studies on scientific and realistic basis for optimum utilisation of water resources of the peninsular rivers system for preparation of feasibility reports and thus to give concrete shape to Peninsular Rivers Development Component of National Perspective.
In 1990, NWDA was also entrusted with the task of Himalayan Rivers Development Component of National Perspectives. Recently, the functions of NWDA have been further modified and the work of preparation of detailed Project Reports of various link proposals and pre-feasibility reports and feasibility reports of intra-state links as proposed by the states have been included in the functions of NWDA.