Bhakra Beas Management Board

Bhakra Beas Management Board

Corporate Office

BBMB is headed by a Whole Time Chairman and two Whole Time Members i.e. Member (Irrigation) and Member (Power) who head the Irrigation and Power Wings of BBMB respectively. The Financial Adviser & CAO heads the Finance and Accounts Wing of BBMB.

Secretary and Special Secretary assist the Chairman and the Whole Time Members of BBMB in the normal working of the Board.

  • Dr. Gulab Singh Narwal

    Dr. Gulab Singh Narwal Member (Irrigation)

    Dr. Gulab Singh Narwal

    Dr. Gulab Singh Narwal

    Member (Irrigation)

    Dr. Gulab Singh Narwal has joined as Member Irrigation in Bhakra Beas Management Board on 27th March 2019. Prior to this, he was posted as Chief Engineer, BSL Project BBMB Sunder Nagar HP. He was born on 03.03.1969 in District Hissar. He joined Irrigation Department Haryana in 1998 as AEE Class-1 on the pattern of UPSC Engineering Services. He was promoted as Executive Engineer, Superintending Engineer and Chief Engineer in the year 1999, 2008 and 2012 (deemed date) respectively. He did diploma in Production Engineering from Govt. Polytechnic Jhajjar Haryana, BE (Civil), BE (Mechanical), M.Tech. (IIT Delhi), LLB, LLM, MBA (Operations Management), M.Phil (Management), M.Sc. (Environment), M.Sc. (Computer Science), MCA, MA (Public Administration), MA (History) and Ph.D (Botany). He has 21 years’ experience of planning, design and construction in Irrigation, Water Resources and hydro power projects. He has presented 12 Technical Papers in national and international journals. He represented India in Singapore in the year 2007 on the topic Integrated Water Resources Management. He is life member of 12 national engineering institutions/ societies. He is FIE and PE.

     Achievements in parent department

    He was awarded 4 appreciation letters for his Outstanding Services in the Department. First was awarded in year 2005 by Director State Vigilance Bureau Haryana for the excellent contribution made in connection with disposal of vigilance enquiries during his one year posting. Second was awarded in year 2008 for planning and execution of Saraswati Project by ADC cum CEO DRDA Kurukshetra. Third was awarded in the year 2015 by Minister of Public Health Engineering (MPHE) for excellent services in District Bhiwani for providing drinking water facilities for the remote public. Fourth was awarded in the year 2019 for outstanding achievements in Swachta Abhiyan, Plantation, Promotion of Hindi and for attaining extraordinary educational qualifications by Agriculture Minister HP. During his distinguished career, he scaled new heights and contributed to the Department by serving many projects like lift canal unit, Yamuna water services unit, Bhakra water services unit, construction unit and vigilance unit. He conducted night raids to check and control theft of water. Due to his personal efforts, water reached at tail end of the command.  He has also experience of regulation and maintenance of major canals of Haryana like Bhakra Main Line, Narwana Branch, WJC, Parallel Delhi Branch, Carrier Lined Channel, Sunder Sub Branch, Loharu Canal and Gurgaon Canal. He also worked on Hathni Kund Barrage, Tajewala Complex and Kaushalya Dam. He executed many River training works on River Yamuna. He also executed dewatering, flood control, CADA, pond development and lift irrigation works. He provided training to farmers by visiting States like Gujrat, MP, Maharastra and Kerala.

    In addition to the rich field experience, he has been actively involved in framing policies & guidelines, implementation strategies and monitoring & evaluation plans of a number of issues of water resource management such as environment, participatory irrigation management, state water policy, integrated water resources management at the state level. The education in the field of law, environment, IT and management has added a new dimension to his perspective and helped him in appreciating the legal issues involved in water resources management, inter-state water issues, contracts etc. He has an extensive experience of World Bank projects, as he worked closely with the World Bank staff on project viz. Haryana Water Resources Consolidation Project (HWRCP 1994-2001) and gained knowledge of the World Bank policies, monitoring, and supervision and was key resource person in the State for the World Bank.

     His Achievements in BSL Project BBMB 

    1. The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has been conferred with the national-level Central Board of Irrigation and Power Award for the year 2019 for being the “Best Performing Utility in Hydro Power Sector”. In the water resources sector, two of BBMB’s units – The Beas-Sutlej Link at Sundernagar (H.P.) and the Beas Dam at Pong – were also adjudged the “Best Maintained Projects (functional for more than 10 years)” on account of their rigorously followed detailed maintenance schedules, round-the-clock vigilance and use of the latest technology for their upkeep.
    2. (a) Since 1986 the flushing operation of Pandoh Reservoir is being carried out every year when the suitable inflow in the catchment are available. During the year 2018, two nos. flushing operations were carried out when the discharge available was more than one lac cusecs and the silt flushed out was (4811.20+9602.73) i.e. 14413.93 acre feet which is the historical figure since 1986.

    (b) Simultaneous flushing of Pandoh Dam and trash cleaning of balancing reservoir, Sundernagar: During the period of high inflows in Pandoh Dam, its flushing is an annual activity. During this operation, water flow towards Sundernagar Balancing Reservoir is stopped, thereby resulting in shutting down of power generation in Dehar Power House (DPH). Similarly, cleaning of trash racks provided at intake of Sundernagar – Satluj Tunnel at Pung, requires operating of Balancing Reservoir at low levels. Earlier, flushing of Pandoh Dam and trash cleaning of Balancing Reservoir at Sundernagar were being undertaken separately resulting into loss of energy generation from DPH. This year on 13th and 14th August, simultaneous cleaning of Trash Racks at the intake of Sundernagar –Satluj Tunnel installed in Balancing Reservoir, at Sundernagar and flushing operation of Pandoh Dam were undertaken. This co-ordination led to power saving on account of the fact that there was no additional period of shut-down and thereby reduced generation for cleaning of Trash racks at intake of Sundernagar-Satluj Tunnel, during the monsoon/paddy season. This year, the modified methodology had resulted in reduced loss of generation during period of flushing operation to the tune of 19.69 LUs vis a vis average generation loss during flushing operations of last three years. Average loss of generation on account of trash cleaning for the last three years comes out to be 98.43 LUs. The same can be considered as nil for the current year as activity happened during sediment flushing operation of Pandoh Dam itself. Therefore, total notional reduction in generation on account of simultaneous operation of flushing and trash cleaning works out to be 118.12 LUs and considering National Average Power Purchase Cost (APPC) of Rs. 3.53/kWh, the notional financial gain of this simultaneous activity comes out to approx. Rs. 417 lac.

    1. He took keen interest in the environment conservation activities like plantation programmes, Swachh Bharat Mission as well as promotion of Raj Bhasha Hindi in the BBMB offices for which the Hon’ble Chairman applauded his efforts in his tour notes.
    2. During last two seasons, dredging operation was very efficient and smooth without any break down. Silt accumulated in the balancing reservoir was dredged out up to minimum level. The fuel consumption and repair charges were the minimum. He had carried out no. of new/creative/ innovative ideas to improve the efficiency of manpower, machinery and floating vessels as well as running these dredgers at minimum cost. He had also operated dredgers first time in non-dredging zone to clear the slopes of Balancing Reservoir.
    3. By-pass chute was operated after three years on dated 20.11.2018 to drain out the accumulated silt inside the by-pass tunnel. Periodical operation of gates is mandatory to check up the whole system in any emergency situation.
    4. Sunder Nagar Hydel Channel is the lifeline of BSL Project. The outer slope in 4 places in filling reaches was sloughed. The slope was immediately restored to original design level.
    5. During his tenure a no. of unauthorized constructions and encroachments on BBMB land were removed e.g. unauthorized liquor vend/shop was removed from Pandoh Colony inspite of protests.
    6. He has been an important driving force behind starting the smart classes, installation of close circuit TV cameras and promotion of inter-unit sports events in BBMB Schools. Also, in order to encourage the competitive edge of the BBMB employees, various sports activities/events have been arranged/conducted at BSL Project like inter-unit volleyball tournament, Inter-unit Chess & Badminton tournaments etc.
    7. SAIL HARD Steel required for fabrication of dredger pipes was not procured for the last more than ten years. He intervened personally and coordinated with M/s SAIL and procured the Steel by solving a long pending matter. Now sufficient quantity is available with BBMB and dredger pipes can be fabricated continuously by Nangal Workshop for the coming 2- 3 years. BSL Project will have sufficient number of pipes for at least 30 years.
    8. He took firm stand towards saving the BBMB water bodies at Pandoh and Sunder Nagar from pollution especially during the festivals like Durga puja and Ganesh Utsav.
    9. He has been continuously active in launching social welfare events/activities like organizing free medical camps, blood donation camps as well as arranging financial assistance for welfare of local bodies, educational institutions, old age homes & orphanages.
    10. To enhance the knowledge and skill in the field of engineering in BBMB, he attended two no. training courses at National Water Academy Pune in the year 2017 and 2018 on topic strategic issues in water resources and integrated water resources management and one no. training was attended at Engineering staff College of India (ESCI) Hyderabad in the year 2018 regarding Dam Safety Guidelines – monitoring and protection measure for safety of dams. He also attended 1st International conference on Sustainable Water Management conducted by BBMB from 10-12 December 2018 at Chandigarh.

    His potential areas of study

    Increasing water use efficiency in Irrigation Sector under National Water Mission (NWM), capacity building in the field of water resources, conservation of water, minimizing wastage and ensuring its more equitable distribution through integrated water resources management (IWRM), National Water Policy 2012, extension, renovation and modernization (ERM) of major and medium irrigation projects, repair, renovation and restoration (RRR) of water bodies, Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Plan (AIBP), R & D in water resources, water rights, water market, virtual water, water tariff & pricing, water footprint, PPP in irrigation sector, water ATM, polluter to pay, micro irrigation, optimized irrigation scheduling, participatory irrigation management (PIM), environmental flows, EIA & EMP, water quality aspects, Interstate water disputes, water regulatory authority, River basin organization, Integrated River basin Planning and Management & UNESCO Multi criteria analysis, National water Framework law/bill, conjunctive use of water, Ground water development & management, rain water harvesting, Hydrological analysis using HEC - HMS Modelling, Irrigation water management using CROPWAT and CLIMWAT modelling, simulation of soil water balance using ISAREG modelling, water resources system engineering, climate change, Isotope Hydrology, New water concept, recycling and reuse of water, interlinking of rivers, Regulation of water in BBMB.

    Dam Safety Committee & Guidelines, Monitoring and Protection measures for safety of dams, Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP), Inflow design flood (IDF), Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) and fixing spillway capacity, dam break studies, Inundation Maps, Emergency action plan (EAP), reservoir operation policy, gate operation, role of instrumentation in Dam Safety, rehabilitation of dams in distress including seepage control, risk of reservoir induced seismicity, impact of earthquake on dams, history of dam failures, dam safety bill, national hydrology project and INCOLD journal.

    Inter-state water dispute Act 1956, River Board Act 1956, Standing water dispute Tribunal, SYL issue, Indian Constitution article 51A, 131, 136, 143 (1), 246, 262, entry No. 56 of list I and entry No. 17 of list II.   

    He has an outstanding unblemished and impeccable professional service record. He qualified GATE competitive exam conducted by IIT for the year 1995 and 1996. He qualified UPSC Engineering services exam for three times i.e. 1994, 1995 and 1997. He was selected as Assistant Commandant in CRPF in 1996. He worked as Lecturer in Govt. Polytechnic Delhi and YMCA Institute of Engineering Faridabad (Now University) in the year 1997-98. He was also awarded ‘C’ certificate in NCC. He is good listener and singer of Sufi Gazals and songs. He is always busy in plantation and gardening. He enjoys travelling.


  • Er. Harminder Singh Chugh

    Er. Harminder Singh Chugh Member (Power)

    Er. Harminder Singh Chugh

    Er. Harminder Singh Chugh

    Member (Power)

    Er. Harminder Singh Chugh joined as Chief Engineer/System Operation, BBMB, Chandigarh on 05-07-2018 from PSPCL, Patiala. Born on 05-10-1962. Passed B.Sc. Engg.(Mechanical) from RECK (Presently known as NIT Kurukshetra) in the year 1984 and did post graduate diploma in Marketing Management from "IGNOU" University. Joined PSEB (now PSPCL) in the year 1985.

    Having more than 33 years of service experience in PSPCL in various capacities from 22.05.1985 comprising all aspects of Generation, Distribution & Transmission organization. Out of 33 years of service in PSPCL & in BBMB till date, about 25 years of experience is in Generation organization. Detail of experience in brief is as below:-
    1) Served in Transmission Organization in PSPCL for about 3 years (1985 to 1988) as Assistant Engineer. Looked after planning, monitoring & allocation of funds for Transmission & Sub Station works.

    2) Served in Distribution organization of PSPCL for about 5 years as Assistant Engineer.

    3) Served in Guru Gobind Singh Super Thermal Plant (GGSSTP), Ropar for about 20 years w.e.f. 1993 to 2012 in various capacities as AEE, Sr. XEN & Superintending Engineer and dealt with Operation of GGSSTP Units, Operation & Mtc. of PLC & pneumatic system of Dry Fly Ash Handling System, Operation & Mtc. of FSSS system, Measurement system & lnterlock system of 210 MW units of GGSSTP.

    4) Served as S.E./Tech. to Director/Generation, PSPCL for about  1½ years and worked in close coordination with all the Chief Engineers under Director/Generation and helped in decision making process.

    5) Served as Dy. CE/Fuel, PSPCL, Patiala for about 3 years and dealt with all the issues relating to arrangement of coal for PSPCL Thermal Power Stations. Responsible for getting requisite clearances/licences for operation of Pachwara Central Coal Mine. Responsible for preparation & publication of Bid documents for selection of MDO for operation of Pachwara Central Coal mine.

    6) Served as Chief Engineer/OSD to CMD, PSPCL from 03.05.2018 to 03.07.2018. Assisted CMD, PSPCL on Establishment & Technical issues. Serving as CE/S.O. in BBMB,Chandigarh w.e.f. 05-07-1 8.

    1. Commissioning of PLC & Pneumatic System of Dry Fly Ash Handling System of GGSSTP and SCADA based lnterlock System of ABB Make of Stage-l of GGSSTP.

    2. Had visited KWS Power Tech Training Centre Germany during March,2006 for attending advance training programme for Executive Engineer (Maintenance).

  • Sh. Rajinder Kumar

    Sh. Rajinder Kumar Financal Adviser & C.A.O

    Sh. Rajinder Kumar

    Sh. Rajinder Kumar

    Financal Adviser & C.A.O

    Sh. Rajinder kumar, Indian Economic Service ( IES: 2003) took over as Financial Advisor & Chief Accounts Officer of Bhakra Beas Management Board on 25th February 2019. Prior to this worked  as Director in Ministry of Defence at New Delhi.  


    M.Sc.( Hons.) Economics from Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) Amritsar, Punjab in 1997, Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IGNOU , New Delhi in 2001 & Post Graduate Diploma in International Law & Diplomacy from Indian Society of International Law ( ISIL), New Delhi in 2007.

    Diploma in Regional Trade Policy from National University of Singapore in 2008. M.Phil Economics from Panjab University , Chandigarh in 2018.


    Worked as Deputy Economic Advisor in Ministry of Finance & Department of Economic affairs , Government of India, New Delhi. In addition to this , he joined different training programmes in India as well as abroad. 

  • Er. Tarun Agarwal

    Er. Tarun Agarwal Secretary

    Er. Tarun Agarwal

    Er. Tarun Agarwal



    Er. Tarun Agarwal,   Secretary

    Academic Credentials:

     Bachelor of Engineering (Civil ) from Punjab Engineering College (PEC Chandigarh) 1989-1993.

     Master of Technology (Structure) from National Institute of Technologty,Kurukshetra ( Haryana) 1994-96. 

    A  professional with + 22 years of experience in leading big  projects  and specialization in:

    Project Management, Structural Design, Project Operations & Maintenance,

    Project Planning, Budgeting, Project Transformat, 

    Project Administration,  Drainage System  Manmagement, Canal Lining.

    Conferences & Seminars:

     Attended 26th ICOLD Congress, 86th Annual Meeting of ICOLD and Symposium of Hydro Engineeing at Vienna, Austria from   2nd  to 6th July,2018.

     Member Secretary of the committee constituted by the  Ministry of Power, Govt. Of India, to study the status and impact of silt upon the Hydroelectric project across the country-regarding.

     Member of organizaing committee of World Bank sponsored National Hydrology Project of Government of India for organizating 1st  International Conference at  Chandigarh on Sustainable Water Management.


    Associated with IIT Roorkee for getting a study conducted for productive use of sediments accumulated in Bhakra  Dam Reservoir. 

     In collaboration with IIT Ropar, a study on delineation of  soil erosion  hotspots and assessment of flood-driven sediment transfer under climate change scenario in    catchment of Bhakra Dam.

     Professional Experience

     From: November 2015 to till date- Secretary Bhakra Beas Management  Board Chandigarh ( 2900 MW Hydro Electric Power Producing  Organization with multipurpose irrigation Schemes).

    Key Responsibilities

     Smooth running & maintenance of water conductor systems of Nangal   Hydel Channel & Sundernagar Hydel Channel. 

     Management of organization with employee strength of + 10K and dealing the interstate issues amongst four states ( Haryana, Himachal, Punjab & Rajasthan). 

    Intrumental in Mentoring and developing human resource of engineers & employees. 

    Handeled technical & administrative matters of bbmb as well as maintained healthy & cordial industrial relations with employee unions. 

     Worked prime mover in the inter-state Technical Committee for deciding water distribution to the Northern states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and facilitates equitable & just distribution of water. 

     Regulated heavy inflows during monsoon of 2015 without flooding/devastation of downstream areas.

    Management of Bhakra and Pong Reservoirs during the critical monsoon period of 2018 by acknowledging the demands of all the partner states. 

    Leading a team of engineers engaged in the operation and maintenance of Real Time Data Acquisition System and Real Time Decision Support System established under National Hydrology Project. The project intends to improve the extent, quality and accessibiity of water resources information, decision support system for floods and basin level resources assessment/planning and to strengthen the capacity of targeted water resources professionals and management institutions in india.















  • Er. Rakesh Kumar Sharma

    Er. Rakesh Kumar Sharma Special Secretary

    Er. Rakesh Kumar Sharma

    Er. Rakesh Kumar Sharma

    Special Secretary
    Er.Rakesh Kumar Sharma (Special Secretary)

    Er. Rakesh Kumar Sharma is an Electrical Engineer graduated from The Institution of Engineers (India) and passed Master of Engineering in Power System from Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh.

    Joined BBMB in November, 1997 and major area of Experienceas A.E.E., Sr.Xen/Addl. SE and Superintending Engineer are:-

    • Operation & maintenance of 5x157 = 785 Megawatts capacity Bhakra Right Bank Power House and 3x126+2x108 = 594 Megawatts capacity Bhakra Left Bank Power House which also includes capital Maintenance of generating machines and Generator Transformers. Replacement of old and obsolete technology equipment with State-of-the-Art technology equipment.
    • Grid Stability and Security, Scheduling of Hydro Power Plants of BBMB, commercial and regulatory affairs of BBMB, filing and defending of tariff petitions, hardware and software of Unified Load Despatch and Communication (ULDC) project, Procurement of PLCC (Power Line Carrier Communication) equipment.


    1. In recognition to dedicated hard work, outstanding performance and immense contribution to organization, he has been awarded with GOLD MEDAL three times and Commendation Certificate once from Chairman, BBMB.
    2. As Addl.SE/Maintenance on dated 04.03.2015 at 15.40 Hrs. water leakage started from penstock head gate of Unit No.6 of Bhakra Right Bank Power House which was under Shut Down for Annual Maintenance. Water started gushing into Power House Gallery at EL-1149. Further water entered into cooling pump floor EL-1156’ and rose upto EL-1158’. The entire successful operation to evacuate the water from Power House was conceptualized, organized and supervised by him in shortest possible time which avoided possible damages to equipment besides generation loss of crores of rupees and all four machines made available for synchronization at 4:15 Hrs. of 05.03.2015.
    3. (i) As Director / Power Regulation, by optimum utilization of available resources, accurate scheduling of BBMB Power Plants and close monitoring of system parameters/real time generation; BBMB earned on account of Deviation Settlement Mechanism (DSM) 25.92 crores during 2019-20 in ABT regime.                                                      (ii) Machines availability of BBMB power houses in 2019-20 has been 98.94% (one of the highest in the country).
    4. Delivered number of in-house lectures on various topics and imparted training to officers and officials of BBMB (PW).
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