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India - State-level Water Law Instruments

This page includes various water law instruments adopted at the state level. In a bid to make this page more user-friendly, instruments concerning specifically drinking water and sanitation, fisheries and irrigation are listed in the pages focusing on these areas. These can be accessed from the menu on the left-hand side.

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Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Regulatory Commission Act, 2009

full text   124 [KB]

Andhra Pradesh State Water Policy, 2008

full text   158 [KB]

Andhra Pradesh Water, Land and Trees Act and Rules, 2002

full text   118 [KB]

Andhra Pradesh Infrastructure Development Enabling Act, 2001

full text   222 [KB]

Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Development Corporation Act, 1997

full text   162 [KB]

Andhra Pradesh Farmers' Management of Irrigation Systems Act, 1997

full text   130 [KB]

Andhra Pradesh Ground Water (Regulation for Drinking Water Purposes) Act, 1996

full text   299 [KB]

The Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act, 1994

full text   3747 [KB]

Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Act, 1989

full text   1791 [KB]

The Andhra Pradesh Irrigation Utilisation and Command Area Development Act, 1984

full text   165 [KB]

Andhra Pradesh Municipalities Act, 1965 (excerpts)

full text   127 [KB]

Andaman and Nicobar

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Panchayats) Regulation, 1994

full text   5990 [KB]

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh Water Resources Regulatory Authority Act, 2006

full text   107 [KB]

Arunachal Pradesh Fisheries Act, 2006

full text   84 [KB]

Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act, 1997 (Excerpts)

full text   86 [KB]


Assam Ground Water Control and Regulation Act, 2012

full text   2164 [KB]

Guwahati Metropolitan Drinking Water & Sewerage Board Act, 2009

full text   1148 [KB]

State Water Policy of Assam (Draft), 2007

full text   5563 [KB]

The Assam Panchayat Act, 1994

full text   11366 [KB]

Assam Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board Act, 1985

full text   357 [KB]

Assam Irrigation Act, 1983

full text   5832 [KB]

The Assam Farmers (Group Irrigation) Act, 1978

full text   72 [KB]

Assam Municipal Act, 1956 (excerpts)

full text   132 [KB]

The Assam Embankment and Drainage Act, 1953

full text   904 [KB]


Bihar Municipal Act, 2007

full text   1180 [KB]

The Bihar Groundwater (Regulation and Control of Development and Management) Act, 2006

full text   3296 [KB]

Bihar Fish Jalkar Management Act, 2006

full text   320 [KB]

Bihar Panchayati Raj Act, 2006 (excerpts)

full text   67 [KB]

Bihar State Infrastructure Development Enabling Act, 2006

full text   264 [KB]

Bihar Irrigation Water Management Rules, 2000 (in Hindi)

full text   262 [KB]

Bihar Irrigation Act, 1997

full text   179 [KB]

Bihar Soil and Water Conservation and Land Development Act, 1970

full text   465 [KB]


Chhattisgarh Ground Water (Regulation and Control of Development and Management) Bill, 2012

full text   270 [KB]

Chhattisgarh sinchai prabandhan me krishkon ki bhagidari adhiniyam, 2006

full text   138 [KB]

Chhattisgarh Peya Jal Parirakshan Adhiniyam, 1986

full text   73 [KB]

Chhattisgarh Municipal Corporation Act, 1956 (excerpts)

full text   79 [KB]

The Chhattisgarh Regulation of Waters Act, 1949

full text   95 [KB]

Chhattisgarh Fisheries Act, 1948

full text   81 [KB]


Delhi Jal Board Notification on Free Water Supply, 2015

full text   295 [KB]

Delhi Groundwater Regulation Direction, 2010

full text   1598 [KB]

Delhi Water and Waste Water Reforms Bill, 2003

full text   292 [KB]

Delhi Common Effluent Treatment Plant Act, 2000

full text   100 [KB]

Delhi Jal Board Act, 1998/2013

full text   494 [KB]

New Delhi Municipal Council Act, 1994 (excerpts)

full text   147 [KB]


Goa Ground Water Policy, 2015

full text   208 [KB]

The Goa Ground Water Regulation Act, 2002

full text   122 [KB]

Goa State Water Policy, 2000

full text   3394 [KB]

The Goa Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   96 [KB]


Gujarat Irrigation and Drainage Act, 2013

full text   2421 [KB]

Gujarat Regulations for the Reuse of Water, 2012

full text   3994 [KB]

Gujarat Water Users' Participatory Irrigation Management Act, 2007

full text   4501 [KB]

Gujarat Fisheries Act, 2003

full text   166 [KB]

The Bombay Irrigation Act, 1879

full text   300 [KB]


Haryana State Groundwater Management & Regulation Bill, 2013

full text   268 [KB]

Haryana Preservation of Subsoil Water Act, 2009

full text   343 [KB]

Haryana State Groundwater Management and Regulation Bill, 2008

full text   101 [KB]

Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, 1994

full text   506 [KB]

Haryana Municipal Drainage and Sanitation Bye-laws, 1977

full text   163 [KB]

Haryana Municipal (Regulation of Tanks, Ponds, Wells and Baolis) Bye-Laws, 1976

full text   75 [KB]

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh State Water Policy, 2013

full text   827 [KB]

Himachal Pradesh Ground Water (Regulation and Control of Development and Management) Rules, 2007

full text   338 [KB]

The Himachal Pradesh Ground Water (Regulation and Control of Development and Management) Act, 2005

full text   113 [KB]

Himachal Pradesh State Water Policy, 2005

full text   124 [KB]

The Himachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   81 [KB]

Himachal Pradesh Fisheries Department Act, 1976

full text   125 [KB]

Himachal Pradesh Water Supply Act, 1968

full text   74 [KB]

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Water Resources (Regulation and Management) Act, 2010

full text   445 [KB]

Jammu & Kashmir Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 2010

full text   4820 [KB]


The Jharkhand Panchayat Raj Act, 2001 (Excerpts)

full text   83 [KB]


Karnataka Ground Water (Regulation and Control of Development and Management) Act, 2011

full text   338 [KB]

Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, The STP Guide: Design, Operation and Maintenance, 2011

full text   1584 [KB]

Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Water Supply) Rules, 2004

full text   29 [KB]

Karnataka Urban Drinking Water and Sanitation Policy, 2003

full text   70 [KB]

Karnataka State Water Policy, 2002

full text   89 [KB]

The Karnataka Ground Water (Regulation for Protection of Sources of Drinking Water) Act, 1999

full text   97 [KB]

Karnataka Inland Fisheries (Conservation Development and Regulation) Act, 1996

full text   237 [KB]

The Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, 1993 (Excerpts)

full text   106 [KB]

Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976

full text   1024 [KB]

Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board Act, 1973

full text   176 [KB]

Karnataka Irrigation Act, 1965

full text   431 [KB]

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Act, 1964

full text   756 [KB]

The Karnataka Irrigation (Levy of Betterment Contribution and Water Rate) Act, 1957

full text   151 [KB]


Plachimada Coca-Cola Victims Relief and Compensation Claims Special Tribunal Bill, 2011

full text   88 [KB]

Kerala State Water Policy, 2008

full text   1971 [KB]

Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2008

full text   126 [KB]

Malinya Mukta Keralam - Action Plan (2007)

full text   721 [KB]

The Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation Act, 2003

full text   194 [KB]

The Kerala Ground Water (Control and Regulation) Act, 2002

full text   89 [KB]

Kerala Protection of River Banks and Regulation of Removal of Sand Act, 2001

full text   197 [KB]

Kerala Municipality Building Rules, 1999

full text   4072 [KB]

The Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   147 [KB]

The Travancore Cochin Irrigation Act, 1956

full text   1331 [KB]


Lakshadweep Ground Water (Development and Control) Regulation, 2001

full text   408 [KB]

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh State Water Policy, 2003

full text   80 [KB]

Madhya Pradesh sinchai prabhandan me krishakon ki bhagidari adhiniyam, 1999

full text   53 [KB]

Madhya Pradesh Peya Jal Parirakshan Adhiniyam, 1986

full text   71 [KB]

Madhya Pradesh Pariyojana Ke Karan Visthapit Vyakti (Punhsthapan) Adhiniyam, 1985

full text   2297 [KB]

Madhya Pradesh Irrigation Rules, 1974

full text   30 [KB]

Madhya Pradesh Irrigation Act, 1931

full text   347 [KB]


Maharashtra Groundwater (Development and Management) Act, 2009

full text   3034 [KB]

Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority Act - Procedure for Regulation & Enforcement of Entitlements, 2007

full text   24 [KB]

Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority Rules, 2006

full text   589 [KB]

Maharashtra Management of Irrigation Systems by the Farmers Act, 2005

full text   222 [KB]

Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority Act, 2005/2011

full text   1737 [KB]

Maharashtra State Water Policy, 2003

full text   156 [KB]

Maharashtra Groundwater (Regulation for Drinking Water Purposes) Act, 1993 (repealed)

full text   151 [KB]

The Maharashtra Irrigation Act, 1976

full text   3414 [KB]

Maharashtra Jeevan Authority Act, 1976

full text   4904 [KB]

Maharashtra Municipal Councils (Protected Drinking Water Supply Schemes Terms and Conditions) Rules, 1970

full text   22 [KB]

The Maharashtra Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samitis Act, 1961 (Excerpts)

full text   89 [KB]

Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888 (excerpts)

full text   85 [KB]


Manipur Fisheries Act, 1988

full text   3593 [KB]

Manipur Municipalities Act, 1976 (excerpts)

full text   62 [KB]


Meghalaya State Water Policy (Draft), 2015

full text   410 [KB]

Meghalaya Protection of Catchment Areas Act, 1990

full text   159 [KB]


Mizoram Fisheries Act, 2002

full text   2131 [KB]


Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001 (excerpts)

full text   92 [KB]

Nagaland Fisheries Act, 1980

full text   69 [KB]


Odisha State Urban Water Supply Policy, 2013

full text   1084 [KB]

Odisha Groundwater (Regulation, Development and Management) Bill, 2011

full text   115 [KB]

Odisha Urban Sanitation Strategy, 2011

full text   1285 [KB]

Orissa State Water Policy, 2007

full text   200 [KB]

Odisha Municipal Corporation Act, 2003

full text   9314 [KB]

The Orissa Pani Panchayat Act, 2002

full text   111 [KB]

Orissa Water Supply and Sewerage Board Act, 1991

full text   131 [KB]

The Orissa Irrigation Act, 1959

full text   9059 [KB]

Orissa Municipal Act, 1950 (Excerpts)

full text   104 [KB]

Orissa Public Embankment Construction and Improvement Act, 1950

full text   1540 [KB]


The Pondicherry Ground Water (Control and Regulation) Act, 2002

full text   87 [KB]


Punjab State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Policy, 2014

full text   4492 [KB]

Punjab Preservation of Subsoil Water Act, 2009

full text   100 [KB]

Punjab State Water Policy Draft, 2008

full text   248 [KB]

Punjab Infrastructure (Development & Regulation) Act, 2002

full text   283 [KB]

Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (Sanitation and Public Health) Bye Laws, 1999

full text   66 [KB]

The Punjab Irrigation and Drainage Authority Act, 1997

full text   83 [KB]

The Punjab Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   85 [KB]

Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board Act, 1976

full text   257 [KB]

Punjab Fisheries Ordinance, 1961

full text   113 [KB]

The Punjab State Tube well Act, 1954

full text   74 [KB]

Punjab Minor Canals Act, 1905

full text   117 [KB]


Rajasthan Lakes (Protection and Development) Authority Bill, 2015

full text   283 [KB]

Rajasthan River Basin and Water Resources Planning Act, 2015

full text   3869 [KB]

Rajasthan Water Resources Regulatory Act, 2012

full text   204 [KB]

Rajasthan Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Policy (Draft), 2011

full text   110 [KB]

Rajasthan Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy (2012 2022) (draft), 2011

full text   522 [KB]

Rajasthan State Water Policy, 2010

full text   6385 [KB]

Rajasthan Municipalities Act, 2009/2010

full text   1317 [KB]

The Rajasthan Farmers Participation in Management of Irrigation Systems Act, 2000

full text   118 [KB]

Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   60 [KB]

The Rajasthan Flood Plain Zoning Act, 1990

full text   86 [KB]

The Rajasthan Soil and Water Conservation Act, 1964

full text   177 [KB]

The Rajasthan Irrigation and Drainage Act, 1954

full text   2544 [KB]

The Rajasthan Minor Irrigation Works Act, 1953

full text   3397 [KB]

The Rajasthan Lands Special Irrigation Charges Act, 1953

full text   340 [KB]

Rajasthan State Water Policy, 1999

full text   76 [KB]


Sikkim Sewerage and Sewage Disposal Act, 1987

full text   2895 [KB]

Sikkim Water Supply and Water Tax Act, 1986

full text   3603 [KB]

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Municipal Laws and the Chennai Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2014

full text   139 [KB]

Tamil Nadu Groundwater (Development and Management) Act, 2003 (repealed)

full text   192 [KB]

Tamil Nadu Farmers' Management of Irrigation Systems Rules, 2002

full text   308 [KB]

The Tamil Nadu Farmers Management of Irrigation Systems Act, 2000

full text   177 [KB]

The Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act, 1994 (Excerpts)

full text   78 [KB]

Tamil Nadu State Water Policy, 1994

full text   330 [KB]

Chennai Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act, 1987

full text   1725 [KB]

Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Act, 1978

full text   378 [KB]

Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 (Excerpts)

full text   87 [KB]

Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act, 1919 (Excerpts)

full text   60 [KB]


Tripura Panchayats Act, 1993 (excerpts)

full text   72 [KB]


The Uttarakhand Flood Plain Zoning Act, 2012

full text   1552 [KB]

Uttaranchal Disaster Mitigation, Management and Prevention Act, 2005

full text   700 [KB]

Uttarakhand Fisheries Act, 2003

full text   357 [KB]

Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh Groundwater Conservation, Protection and Development (Management, Control and Regulation) Bill, 2010

full text   419 [KB]

Uttar Pradesh Urban Sanitation Policy, 2009

full text   1974 [KB]

The Uttar Pradesh Participatory Irrigation Management Act, 2009

full text   87 [KB]

The Uttar Pradesh Water Management and Regulatory Commission Act, 2008

full text   89 [KB]

Uttar Pradesh State Water Policy, 1999

full text   102 [KB]

Uttar Pradesh Water Supply and Sewerage Act, 1975

full text   80 [KB]

The Uttar Pradesh Bhoomi Evam Jal Sanrakshan Adhiniyam, 1963

full text   113 [KB]

U. P. Kshettra Samitis and Zila Parishads Adhiniyam, 1961 (Excerpts)

full text   70 [KB]

Uttar Pradesh Municipal Corporations Adhiniyam, 1959 (Excerpts)

full text   168 [KB]

The Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act, 1947

full text   492 [KB]

Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act, 1916 (Excerpts)

full text   162 [KB]

West Bengal

West Bengal Municipal Corporation Act, 2006 (Excerpts)

full text   5252 [KB]

The West Bengal Ground Water Resources (Management, Control And Regulation) Act, 2005

full text   150 [KB]

The West Bengal Municipal Act, 1993 (excerpts)

full text   77 [KB]

West Bengal Inland Fisheries Act, 1984

full text   291 [KB]

Kolkata Municipal Corporation Act, 1980

full text   11107 [KB]

West Bengal Panchayati Raj Act, 1973 (Excerpts)

full text   91 [KB]

Damodar Valley Corporation Act, 1948

full text   59 [KB]

The Bengal Sanitary Drainage Act, 1895

full text   96 [KB]

Bengal Irrigation Act, 1876

full text   886 [KB]

Bengal Canals Act, 1864

full text   207 [KB]