The Yamuna River Project

Delhi's Governance and Efforts to Revitalize its Yamuna

John Echeverri-Gent, Associate Professor of Politics

Various municipal, state and central government agencies govern and regulate the territory of the Yamuna and its drains and sub-drains. The complexity of Delhi’s governance and the resulting difficulties of administrative coordination have played an important role in contributing to the degradation of Delhi’s Yamuna. Surmounting the problems posed by Delhi’s governance is essential to revitalizing the river and its tributaries.

Central Government

1. Central Ground Water Board

2. Central Pollution Control Board

3. Central Soil and Materials Research Station New Delhi

4. Central Water Commission New Delhi

5. Ganga Flood Control Commission (GFCC)

6. National Institute of Hydrology Roorkee

7. Upper Yamuna River Board

8. National Ganga River Basin Authority

9. Town and Country Planning Organization

10. Central Public Works Department

11. National Capital Regional Planning Board

State Government

12. Urban Development Division

13. Delhi Pollution Control Committee

14. Department of Irrigation and Flood Control

15. Public Works Department

16. Delhi State Industrial+Infrastructure Development

17. Forest Department


Municipal Government

18. New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC)

19. Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB)

20. Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)

Other Bodies

21. National Green Tribunal

22. The Electoral System

23. The World Bank

24. Supreme Court of India

25. NGOs

    - Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan

    - Centre for Science and the Environment



26. National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)

27. YAP-III (Yamuna Action Plan Phase III Funds)

* Red highlights call out agencies which have operational authority over aspects of the Yamuna River and Delhi’s drain system.


* The CEO of the Delhi Jal Board concurrently serves as CEO of Irrigation and Flood Control, Secretary of Environment, and Secretary of Forest and Wildlife.

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