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India - Union-level Water Law Instruments

This page includes various water law instruments adopted at the union level. However, instruments concerning drinking water and sanitation are available on the dedicated page, which can be accessed through the link on the left-hand side.

 

Union-level documents

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National Waterways Act, 2016
 

full text   230 [KB]

     
     
Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016
 

full text   771 [KB]

     
     
Model Groundwater (Sustainable Management) Act, 2016
 

full text   1024 [KB]

     
     
Shyama Prasad Mukerji Rurban Mission, 2016
 

full text   1014 [KB]

     
     
Central Ground Water Authority, Guidelines/Criteria for evaluation of proposals/requests for ground water abstraction, 2015
 

full text   225 [KB]

     
     
Operational Guidelines for Convergence of Various Programmes with Integrated Watershed Management Programme, 2015
 

full text   7537 [KB]

     
     
Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) - Mission Statement & Guidelines, 2015
 

full text   2949 [KB]

     
     
Smart City - Mission Statement and Guidelines, 2015
 

full text   1775 [KB]

     
     
Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Guidelines for ODF Verification, 2015
 

full text   448 [KB]

     
     
Swachh Bharat Kosh Operational Guidelines, 2014
 

full text   155 [KB]

     
     
Guidelines for Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), 2014
 

full text   1463 [KB]

     
     
Guidelines for Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), 2014
 

full text   624 [KB]

     
     
Indian Standard - Packaged Drinking Water (Other than Packaged Natural Mineral Water) (BIS IS: 14543), 2014
 

full text   406 [KB]

     
     
Uniform Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Protocol, 2013
 

full text   1556 [KB]

     
     
Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act, 2013
 

full text   173 [KB]

     
     
National Rural Drinking Water Programme, (updated) 2013
 

full text   1942 [KB]

     
     
Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Rules, 2013
 

full text   3800 [KB]

     
     
Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2013
 

full text   182 [KB]

     
     
Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan Guidelines, 2012
 

full text   699 [KB]

     
     
National Water Policy, 2012
 

full text   129 [KB]

     
     
MGNREGA Guidelines (Revised) for Taking up Works Relating to Access to Sanitation Facilities, 2012
 

full text   441 [KB]

     
     
Guidelines Nirmal Gram Puraskar, 2012
 

full text   2141 [KB]

     
     
BIS - Drinking Water Specification, 2012
 

full text   158 [KB]

     
     
Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2011
 

full text   180 [KB]

     
     
Draft Model Bill for State Water Regulatory System, 2011
 

full text   315 [KB]

     
     
Ensuring Drinking Water Security In Rural India - Strategic Plan 2011-2022
 

full text   845 [KB]

     
     
Total Sanitation Campaign Guidelines, 2011
 

full text   238 [KB]

     
     
Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy, 2012 2022
 

full text   5519 [KB]

     
     
Lok Sabha Standing Committee on Water Resources Report on Groundwater, 2011
 

full text   643 [KB]

     
     
Planning Commission Model Bill for the Conservation, Protection and Regulation of Groundwater, 2011
 

full text   1202 [KB]

     
     
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, Revised Guidelines (Sub-Mission for Urban Infrastructure and Governance), 2011
 

full text   3058 [KB]

     
     
Guidelines for engagement of Swachchhata Doot, 2011
 

full text   96 [KB]

     
     
Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011/2015
 

full text   3060 [KB]

     
     
National Rural Drinking Water Programme, 2010
 

full text   1663 [KB]

     
     
Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010
 

full text   340 [KB]

     
     
National Ganga River Basin Authority Notification, 2009
 

full text   60 [KB]

     
     
Central Pollution Control Board Guidelines for Water Quality Management, 2008
 

full text   1170 [KB]

     
     
National Urban Sanitation Policy, 2008
 

full text   415 [KB]

     
     
Scheme for Support to Public Private Partnerships in Infrastructure, 2008
 

full text   739 [KB]

     
     
The National Waterway (Talcher-Dhamra Stretch of Rivers, Geonkhali-Charbatia Stretch of East Coast Canal, Charbatia-Dhamra Stretch of Matai River and Mahanadi Delta Rivers) Act, 2008 (repealed)
 

full text   747 [KB]

     
     
The National Waterway (Kakinada-Puducherry stretch of Canals and Kaluvelly Tank, Bhadrachalam-Rajahmundry stretch of River Godavari and Wazirabad-Vijayawada stretch of River Krishna) Act, 2008 (repealed)
 

full text   797 [KB]

     
     
Common Guidelines for Watershed Development Projects, 2008
 

full text   736 [KB]

     
     
Draft Guidelines for Preparation of Legislation for Framing Drinking Water Regulations, 2007
 

full text   702 [KB]

     
     
Total Sanitation Campaign Guidelines, 2007
 

full text   562 [KB]

     
     
BIS Code of Practice for Sanitation with Leaching Pits for Rural Communities, 1988/2007
 

full text   785 [KB]

     
     
Guidelines Regarding Constitution of Village Health and Sanitation Committees, 2007
 

full text   158 [KB]

     
     
Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Programme Guidelines, 2006
 

full text   386 [KB]

     
     
The Cantonments Act, 2006
 

full text   6385 [KB]

     
     
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, Revised Guidelines (Sub-Mission for Urban Infrastructure and Governance), 2006
 

full text   301 [KB]

     
     
Model Bill to regulate and control the development and management of ground water, 2005
 

full text   105 [KB]

     
     
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission Guidelines, 2005
 

full text   155 [KB]

     
     
Uniform Protocol on Water Quality Monitoring Order, 2005
 

full text   2014 [KB]

     
     
Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns Guidelines, 2005
 

full text   90 [KB]

     
     
Memorandum of Understanding Ken Betwa Link, 2005
 

full text   630 [KB]

     
     
Indian Standard Packaged Natural Mineral Water (BIS IS: 13428), 2005
 

full text   2817 [KB]

     
     
Guidelines for Urban Water Sector Reform and Successful Public Private Partnerships, 2004
 

full text   2146 [KB]

     
     
Model Municipal Law, 2003
 

full text   1335 [KB]

     
     
Guidelines on Swajaldhara, 2002
 

full text   129 [KB]

     
     
National Water Policy, 2002
 

full text   59 [KB]

     
     
Water Quality Assessment Authority Order, 2001
 

full text   601 [KB]

     
     
The Inland Waterways Authority of India Act, 1985
 

full text   309 [KB]

     
     
Guidelines for Implementation of Schemes and Projects on Sustainability under Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme (ARWSP), 2000
 

full text   167 [KB]

     
     
Manual on Water Supply and Treatment, 1999 (Excerpts)
 

full text   1320 [KB]

     
     
Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme Guidelines, 1999
 

full text   332 [KB]

     
     
Notification Constituting Central Groundwater Authority, 1997
 

full text   65 [KB]

     
     
Model Bill to regulate and control the development and management of ground water, 1996
 

full text   93 [KB]

     
     
Accelerated Urban Water Supply Programme, 1994
 

full text   78 [KB]

     
     
Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993
 

full text   99 [KB]

     
     
Code of Basic Requirements for Water Supply, Drainage and Sanitation (BIS 1172: 1993)
 

full text   944 [KB]

     
     
Model Bill to regulate and control the development and management of ground water, 1992
 

full text   99 [KB]

     
     
The National Waterway (Kollam-Kottapuram Stretch of West Coast Canal and Champakara and Udyogmandal Canals) Act, 1992 (repealed)
 

full text   502 [KB]

     
     
Bureau of Indian Standards Specification for Drinking Water (BIS 10500: 1991)
 

full text   82 [KB]

     
     
Operational Manual for Water Quality Testing Laboratories, 1990
 

full text   288 [KB]

     
     
The National Waterway (Sadiya-Dhubri Stretch of the Brahmaputra River) Act, 1988 (repealed)
 

full text   681 [KB]

     
     
National Water Policy, 1987
 

full text   74 [KB]

     
     
The National Waterway (Allahabad-Haldia Stretch of the Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly River) Act, 1982 (repealed)
 

full text   2514 [KB]

     
     
Brahmaputra Board Act, 1980
 

full text   180 [KB]

     
     
Betwa River Board Act, 1976
 

full text   1153 [KB]

     
     
Bansagar Control Board Resolution, 1976
 

full text   65 [KB]

     
     
Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Rules, 1975
 

full text   332 [KB]

     
     
Model Bill For Flood Plain Zoning, 1975
 

full text   185 [KB]

     
     
Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
 

full text   159 [KB]

     
     
The River Boards Act, 1956
 

full text   91 [KB]

     
     
Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956
 

full text   82 [KB]

     
     
Tungabhadra Board Notification, 1953
 

full text   5455 [KB]

     
     
The Inland Vessels Act, 1917
 

full text   5561 [KB]

     
     
Indian Fisheries Act, 1897 (repealed)
 

full text   1923 [KB]

     
     
Indian Easements Act, 1882 (excerpts)
 

full text   53 [KB]