Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA)
The state government initiated a number of administrative and legal reforms which constitute broadly what is known as the ‘Water Sector Reforms~. These include the formulation of the comprehensive State Water Policy 2003, implementation of a Water Sector Improvement Project to rehabilitate 286 irrigation projects (major, medium and minor) and the enactment, in March 2005, of two statutes namely the Maharashtra Management of Irrigation Systems by Famers (MMISF) Act and the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) Act.
Vision: "To be proactive, professional and trustworthy water resource regulator"
Mission : "Our mission is to provide sustainable water security to the State of Maharashtra"
The three main functions of the authority are:
(i) To determine the criteria, regulate and enforce the distribution of entitlements for the various categories of use and the distribution of entitlements, within each category of use.
(ii) To establish a water tariff system for levying water charges on various categories of water users with a view to establishing a stable and self sustainable management of service delivery to such users.
(iii) To review and clear water resources projects, with a view to ensuring that a project proposal is in conformity with the Integrated State Water Plan (ISWP).
The Authority is also required to support and aid the enhancement and preservation of water quality and promote sound water conservation and management practices.
The Authority has been vested with a special responsibility under Section 11(f) and 21 of the MWRRA Act with regard to clearing projects in districts and regions with irrigation backlogs as per the Governor?s directives. The Authority is also required to ensure equitable distribution of water during periods of scarcity (Section 11(c), MWRRA Act).
Contact: Shri. Rasik. M. Chauhan, Secretary, 9th Floor, Centre - 1, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai - 400 005, India
Tel: 022 - 2215 2019