The Punjab Water Regulation and Development Authority (PWRDA) constituted under the Punjab Water Resources (Regulation and Management) Act, 2020 is mandated to regulate the water resources of the State for ensuring their judicious, equitable and sustainable utilisation and management.

PWRDA Mandate for Groundwater Utilization
The Authority aims to manage and regulate water usage in the state so as to achieve sustainable management of groundwater balanced with the requirements of the livelihoods of people in the State.
The conservation of water is to be mandated for all users of groundwater by encouraging them to undertake, at their own cost, water conservation measures that will help to achieve the set target for conservation for each zone in the state.
In case the Water Users are not able to execute water conservation measures to meet their target, then they shall not be given the water credits to that extent, and they shall be liable to pay this amount to the Authority as part of his groundwater usage charges. A portion of the Groundwater Charges received will be utilised by the Authority for implementing Water Conservation Schemes to be framed by the Government and to be executed by the concerned Departments or Public Agencies nominated by Government. The objective shall be to ensure sufficient water conservation to meet the targets set for each user in the State.

Map of Punjab (Click here): 138 Assessment Units (Blocks) with their Designated Groundwater Status.

Business and Policy Dialogue with Dr. Karan Avtar Singh. IAS, Chairperson PWRDA, Government of Punjab

Groundwater development, irrigation and agrarian distress in Punjab: Connecting the dots.

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