Karnataka Water Resources Information System

about KWRIS

The State is developing the Karnataka Water Resource Information and Knowledge System(KWRIS) with a draft strategy and plan for its on-going development and implementation.

KWRIS hydro-met, groundwater and water quality data content, monitoring and data capture networks are being improved with assistance from the ADB, World Bank and other partners.

The KWRIS will be used to support most of the ACIWRM activities described below. In particular, it will lead to a spatially based Inventory of River Basins in Karnataka; River basin and sub-basin plans; water policy studies; monitoring and reportingof water resource condition; and, research and investigations.

The KWRIS will comprise a spatial system bringing together quantity-quality-condition aspects of surface water, groundwater and water dependent ecosystems. A decisionsupport system with GIS and integrated river basin modelling approaches is in preparationand it will be used for IWRM activities is to form part of the system. An expertmodelling group is being established to support activities.

A decision support system comprising a GIS based information system and integrated river basin modelling approach will be developed and used for river basin planning.Training and capacity building will be provided to engineers for using the same The data, information and knowledge to support planning and implementation of IntegratedWater Resources Management (IWRM) in Karnataka resides in various disciplines and agencies including climatology, meteorology, hydrology, ecology, environmental science,agro-science, water resources engineering, systems analysis, remote sensing, socio-economics,law, and public policy.

Reservoirs (Major)
Rain Gauge

about WRD

The Water Resources Department is one of the major department in the Government of Karnataka headed by the Hon'ble Minister for Major and Medium Irrigation. The Department harnesses Surface Water for Irrigation and Drinking Water Purposes.

The Irrigation projects are classified under two categories, Major Irrigation Projects, Those having CCA of 10,000 ha or more and Medium Irrigation Projects Those having CCA between 2,000 ha to 10,000 ha.

The Water Resources Department consists of four major corporations-KBJNL, KNNL CNNL and VJNL and they have been established in 1994, 1998 2003 and 2016 respectively. These four corporations are unique establishment of the state of Karnataka as these are envisaged as Special Purpose Vehicle for speedy implementation of irrigation projects and to enable the Government to borrow funds from external sources.


Government of Karnataka
Advanced Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management
Asian Development Bank
Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd.

Karnataka being one of the most water-stressed State’s in India, with 61% of the State’s geographical area, the 5th highest, being drought prone in large number of years in a decade. The state has experienced severe drought conditions, consecutively for 6 years from 2011 to 2016. Government of Karnataka decided to develop Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach and sought the support of Asian Development Bank (ADB) through Government of India and a multitranche financing facility (MFF) for the Karnataka Integrated and Sustainable Water Resources Management Investment Program (KISWRMIP) was signed for a period 2014 - 2024.

The investment program comprises three outputs: (i) Output 1: State and Basin institutions strengthened for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM); (ii) Output 2: Irrigation system infrastructure and management mobilized; and (iii) Output 3: project and management systems operational. Output 1 is being implemented by ACIWRM, while Outputs 2 and 3 are being implemented by KNNL.


  • Workshop (CWC)07 Aug 2018 11:45 - 11 Aug 2018 11:45

    Workshop on KWRIS Application

  • Meeting (CWC)04 Jul 2019 10:00 - 04 Jul 2019 12:00

    Demonstration Of Foldscope Paper Microscope


ACIWRM, Karnataka
080 222 620 42 /43/44/45




  • Address:  No.1/1, First Floor, KSFC Bhavan, Thimmaiah Road, Near Cantonment Railway Station, Bengaluru -560052
  • Phone:  +91-80-22262042 /43 /44 /45
  • Fax: +91-80-22262045
  • E-mail: registrar[at]aciwrm[dot]org

Water Resources Department, Govt of Karnataka -

  • Address: Room No.305/306, 3rd Floor, Vikas Soudha, Bengaluru-560001
  • Phone: +91-80-22255524, 22257064
  • Email: prs-wr[at]karnataka[dot]gov[dot]in, secytech-wr[at]karnataka[dot]gov[dot]in