B.N. Navalawala

B.N. Navalawala

Secretary
Ministry of Water Resources India
Not listed, IndiaWater
Bio: Shri B.N. Navalawala: Obtained B.E. (Civil) degree from Gujarat University; joined government service through direct recruitment as an Assistant Engineer and has rendered 36 years of distinguished service to the level of Secretary to Govt. of India, in M/o Water Resources. Member UPSC with effect from 5th December 2002. An internationally renowned water-resources expert with specialisation in planning, design and execution of multipurpose water resources projects, flood management and economic planning & financial management of water resources; he is the first Asian to have been elected in September, 2001 as the Chairman of the Working Group of ICID (International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage) for Research and Development for Water Resources and he is also the first water resources official in the country to achieve the honour of being the recipient of an “Award of Excellence” in recognition of his “exceptional” contribution of ICID and World Food security from the ICID in July, 2002. He is a fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) and a Life Member of Indian Water Resources Society. He is also a Member of American Society of Civil Engineers. During his professional career, he has accomplished a number of challenging tasks including laying the underwater HDPE pipeline across Sea Creek between Ghoghala-Diu in 1976 for the first time in the country and designing and executing pre-fabricated reinforced cement concrete troughs for canal distribution system for Damanganga Multi-purpose project for the first time in the country in 1982-83. He also worked as Adviser (Water Resources), in the Planning Commission and dealt with overall planning, policy formulation and allocation of financial resources for water resource sector including Rural and Urban Water Supply and Sanitation under Annual Plans and Five Year Plans of States and Central sectors. He has worked as a member of a number of important National Committees set up by the Government of India for policy formulation like the Committee of National Rehabilitation Policy, Committee on Inter-State Basin Organisations, Committee on Pricing of Irrigation Water etc. From February 1991 to June 1996, he was the Chairman of Special Committee on History, Education, Training, Research and Future Developments of the Indian National Committee on Irrigation & Drainage. Besides, he was associated with the formulation and implementation of the World Bank-supported International Programme for Technology Research in Irrigation & Drainage (IPTRD), which was launched in 1990 to address the need for technology research in irrigation and drainage being critical to the global objectives of food security, environmental sustainability and poverty alleviation. He has rich experience of working at various international foray like, World Bank, FAO, UNDP, IWMI-Sri Lanka. He possesses global perception of water resources management. He was leader of the team of the Indian National Committee on Irrigation & Drainage which visited Sri Lanka in 1993 for working out the collaborative programmes to be undertaken in India by the International Irrigation Management Institute. As an expert, he was invited at the Expert Consultation on “Irrigation Management Transfer in Asia” and “Modernisation of Irrigation Schemes – Past experiences and Future Options” both held by the FAO at Bangkok in Sept. 1995 and Nov. 1996 respectively. He represented India in the first International Congress on Irrigation Systems Transfer held in Mexico in 2000 and participated in the International conference on Fresh Water, 2001, held at Bonn (Germany) in Dec. 2001. Besides 3rd H.P. Barua Memorial Lecture – 1998, Dr. Visvesvaraya Memorial Lecture – 2001 and Dr. Triguna Sen Memorial Lecture – 2002; Shri Navalawala has published at international and national level as many as 81 papers on crucial issues like Inter-State river-water disputes, economics of Irrigation projects, Irrigation Water Pricing, Irrigation Management, Operation and Maintenance of Irrigation Systems, Flood Insurance, Water-logging, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Participatory Irrigation Management, Perspective Planning for Water Resources Development etc.

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