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 and CAO heads the Finance and Accounts Wing of the board.

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


Chairman Sh. A. B. Agrawal
Member (Power) Er. Ashok Thapar
Member (Irrigation) Er. S. L. Aggarwal
Financal Adviser & C.A.O Sh. Bharat Bhushan
Secretary Er. Ashok Gupta
Special Secretary Er. Ranvir Singh Jalta

Member Irrigation

      Sh. A. B. Agrawal, Executive Director, NHPC Ltd., has joined as Chairman, Bhakra Beas Management Board on 19th March,2010. Sh. Agrawal is 'First Class First' Mechanical Engineering graduate and an MBA in Finance. He is a very versatile hydropower professional with multi-disciplinary experience of over 31 years in NHPC Ltd. , a most reputed Central Public Sector Organization of India in the field of hydropower development having capabilities from concept to commissioning of the projects and Operation & Maintenance of Power Stations. While heading the  2000MW Subansiri Lower H.E. Project, which is also the biggest hydro power project under construction in the country, he has helped to set new standards of hydropower construction through his dynamism, social networking and leadership capabilities .  As In-charge of O&M of 690 MW Salal Power Station of J&K, the biggest Power Station of NHPC  which is the most silt-plagued  plant in the country in operation, his innovative and cost–effective initiatives were instrumental in ensuring that it became the most economically operated Hydro Power Station in terms of O&M cost per MW         among all the Central Sector Power Stations in his time. His performance in the trouble-torn 105 MW Loktak Power Station (Manipur) and 390 MW Dulhasti Power Station (J&K), have also been truly remarkable. He is also having a vast pool of experience in all allied functions of hydropower development like Commercial, Contracts, Quality Assurance & Inspection,  Research & Development, Construction Equipment Planning. His last assignment included many challenges for him as he headed Human Resource Management, Corporate Communication, Medical Services, Rajbhasha  and Estate & Facility Management Services etc. During his tenure, due to well organized publicity campaign, the IPO of NHPC was oversubscribed by 24 times.

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Member (Power)

Er. Ashok Thapar, has been appointed as Member (Power) in BBMB by Govt. of India. He joined his new assignment on 21.2.2011. Sh. Thapar holds a Bachelors’ degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering and has to his credit 34 years extensive hands-on experience in middle to senior level management cadre in various aspects of Power Sector viz. planning, design, erection, testing, commissioning, operation and maintenance of large fossil fired Thermal Power Projects of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB now Punjab State Power Corporation Limited) and medium to large Hydro Power Projects of Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). 

Prior to his new  assignment , Er. Thapar is working as Chief Engineer/ Generation in Bhakra Beas Management Board since 10th June, 2010 and was entrusted with the management of all the hydroelectric generation installations of BBMB. BBMB generates around 2865 MW from 28 Hydro Power Stations at Bhakra (Left & Right bank), Ganguwal, Kotla, Dehar and Pong Power houses. The BBMB installations are the back bone of the Northern Grid and provide scarce peaking power to Northern Grid apart from providing additional power during contingencies.

There are number of FIRSTS as well success stories during the progress of the career, a few of which are enlisted below:-
A. Director Security: As Director Security, Er. Thapar handled the threat perception (as projected by premier intelligence agencies of the country) to thwart the perceived threats in close consultation with and direction of the Central/ State administrative and intelligence authorities. The Board in its 201st meeting appreciated the efforts made in strengthening the security measures at Bhakra Dam.

Er. Thapar devised a transparent mechanism for finalizing the requirements and its technical specifications (before procurement) by all the stakeholders’ viz. Intelligence Bureau (IB), HP & Punjab Police departments, CISF besides BBMB. It is pertinent to mention that all the stakeholders have lauded this approach. 
B. Director Consultancy: Er. Thapar has been instrumental in establishing the Consultancy Services of BBMB from its inception and has been nurturing it thereafter. Consultancy is now an additional function of BBMB as accorded by Ministry of Power, GOI after seeking concurrence from the partner States of BBMB. He has been a part and parcel of the same in various capacities. Some of the important works undertaken are as under: 
• Cost effective development of 66 KV Sub-Stations on turnkey basis at Sector 56 & Sector 12, Chandigarh on behalf of UT Chandigarh Administration and PGIMER. 
• Expert services for Thermo vision Scanning and Hotline Maintenance of Power Utilities of Haryana and Delhi
• Hydrostatic Stretch Test of Hydrogen Gas Cylinders for PSEB through Nangal Mechanical Workshop. 
• Development of Detailed Project Reports of new projects in the BBMB for tapping hydro potential of around 150 MW available within the system. 
• Implementing ISO 9001 & 14001 (Quality and Environment Management Systems) in BBMB. 
• Consultancy regarding Renovation, Modernization and Uprating of Gandhi Sagar Hydroelectric Project for assessing the scope of RLA of their five Machines.
• Consultancy to UJVNL and TNEB for their hydro power stations.

• Endeavors in Promoting New Concepts and Technologies: 
o Clean Development Mechanism: Finalized the initiatives of BBMB for the Carbon Trading under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) through sale of Certified Emission Reduction (CERs) generated on account of the improved efficiency of new machines of the Bhakra Left Bank Project. World Bank has agreed to buy them @ €12 / CER with all expenditure upto registration to be borne by them. With this BBMB would be the first Public Sector organization for achieving this milestone for such type of methodology. Er. Thapar is further promoting this concept to other Power Utilities of the Country to emulate. 
o Instrumental in preparing the road map for replacements and future procurement of protective gear through uniform standard IEC 61850. Introduced State-of-the-art digital protective equipment, instrumentation and diagnostic tools for condition monitoring in the system. 
o Promoted and implemented the concept of ‘Technical Audit’ in BBMB Power Houses for improving the quality of operation & maintenance techniques. This concept is now being promoted at National Level through Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP).

C. Director Human Resource Development: 

• Acted as a mentor to around 13,000 engineers & employees belonging to BBMB and its partner states. 
• Instrumental in promoting the training Institute at Nangal and successfully running training courses since August, 2005 under Distributed Reforms Upgrades & Management (DRUM) program for engineers & technicians of Power Utilities sponsored by Ministry of Power to promote power sector reforms. Punjab , Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh have been the beneficiary states. 
• Organized specialized short term hydro trainings to personnel of Uttranchal Jal Vidhyut Nigam and NTPC.
• Initiated Energy conservation awareness programme for Staff and their families under National Campaign on Energy Conservation. He has been the nodal officer for handling the painting competition of children from the States of Punjab, Haryana and U.T. Chandigarh.

D. Planning & Design:

• Established the Controls, Instrumentation and Protection design and procurement cell especially created for R,M&U program of BBMB. 
• Successfully carried out the in-house water/power regulation study. This triggered the R,M&U of Bhakra Left Bank Power House thereby enhancing its capacity from 5 x108 MW to 5 x126 MW.
• Introduced computerization and office automation for improving the efficiency of day to day office work.

Career Accomplishments (Thermal Sector): December 1976 to September 1995; 15.41 Years
Er. Thapar joined Punjab State Electricity Board in the 1977 and was entrusted challenging assignments in Controls & Instrumentation (C&I) division. He has been responsible for erection, testing, commissioning and maintenance of both conventional type & Distributed Data Control type of Controls, Instrumentation & Protection equipment at 4 x 110 MW (unit 3 & 4) at GNDTP, Bathinda and 6 x 210 MW at GGSSTP at Ropar. Handled the most sophisticated State-of-the-art equipment from Siemens, KWU, Hartmann & Braun – West Germany, Westinghouse Electric Corporation- USA and Instrumentation Ltd., BHEL- India. He was an important part of the team in establishing the national records of erection and commissioning of units at thermal project at Ropar.

Er. Thapar Indigenously developed and improvised conventional and microprocessor based Instrumentation equipment as import substitution (which was the need of the hour at that time).

Career Accomplishments (General):
Er. Thapar has participated jointly with CEA, NHPC and SJVNL to address the issues impeding the smooth running of Nathpa Jhakri Power House project and offer recommendations /solutions thereof. Since then, the project has been performing very well. He has been awarded Citations and Letters of Appreciation for meritorious services. Er Thapar has undergone the following specialized Trainings and Study Tours abroad:

• Westinghouse Electric Corporation – USA on their WDPF range of specialized Controls, Instrumentation and Protection equipment.
• Siemens- West Germany in their specialized products for large Turbines and Generators.
• Hartmann & Braun- West Germany in their specialized products for large fossil fired boilers.
• KWU- West Germany in their specialized products for large Turbines and Generators.
• Study Tour to Australia & New Zealand regarding Hydrology Project. 
• CIGRE session in Sydney , Australia in the year 2003.

56 years old (Date of Birth: 8th Sept. 1954), married, having three children, healthy and energetic, having keen interest and awareness in emerging technologies, interested in sports, music, reading and social work.


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Member (Irrigation)

Er. S.L. Aggarwal   took over as Member (Irrigation) BBMB on 26.08.2011. Born on Ist May 1956, Er. Aggarwal did his B.Sc Engineering in Civil with Honours in 1978 from Punjab Engineering College , Chandigarh .

He joined Haryana Irrigation Department on 27.12.1978 as AE (Civil) and appointed by HPSC as AEE (Civil) on 11.9.1980 in HSE-I services. Er Aggarwal worked as Sub Divisional Officer (in AEE rank) in construction of Hydraulic Structures and other appurtenant Civil works for 6 years. He was promoted as Executive Engineer and worked in Running Canal Administration and efficiently handled regulation work, cases under Haryana Canal & Drainage Act and construction and O&M of hydraulic & other civil structures including regulators, drainage works, channels & bridges apart from canal lining. He also worked as Executive Engineer for twenty years in lift & gravity command  areas.   

Er. Aggarwal worked as Superintending Engineer in Lift Canal commands as supervisory officer for controlling O&M and regulation aspects i/c Pump Houses for 3 years.

Er. Aggarwal worked as Chief Engineer in charge of Water Service Units from August 2008. He also worked as Chief Engineer, Bhakra Areas for 15 months and for Yamuna Area for 18 months and kept deployed on major regulating & Interstate issues pertaining to Bhakra & Yamuna commands. He has handled sensitive issues of Haryana pertaining to water sector in various interstate meetings with Govt. of India. Also participated in various deliberations of Yamuna and Ghaggar river standing committees of Central Water Commission, Govt. of India . He had drafted Haryana State Irrigation Gazette tracing past history of evolution of today's Irrigation Deptt. 

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Financal Adviser & C.A.O
Financial Adviser & Chief Accounts Officer

Shri Bharat Bhushan, IES took over as Financial Adviser & Chief Accounts Officer of Bhakra Beas Management Board on 27th November, 2012. Before this, he was working as Director (Finance) in Haryana Vidyut Parsaran Nigam Limited at Panchkula.

          Shri Bharat Bhushan did his graduation in Commerce in 1985 from DAV College , Jalandhar and Post-graduation in 1987 from Guru Nank Dev University , Amritsar . He did Post-Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management from Indian Institute of Management, Banglore during 2007-09. He belongs to 1993 Batch of 'Indian Economic Services'.

          Shri Bharat Bhushan worked in different offices in different capacities. With his experienced working style and friendly attitude. Shri Bhushan made an impressive image. Shri Bhushan joined different training programmes in India as well as abroad.

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Er. Ashok Gupta took over as Secretary, BBMB on 21.3.2013.  Born on 2.2.1958, he passed B.Sc. Engg. (Civil) with Honours in the year 1979 and post graduated in M.Sc. Engg. (Irrigation and Hydraulics) in the year 1982 from Punjab Engineering College , Chandgiarh.  Er. Gupta has rich hands on experience on diverse assignments since his joining Haryana Irrigation Department on 1.1.1980.  In Haryana Irrigation, he had comprehensive exposure to the whole gamut of irrigation structures in respect of their design, construction, operation and maintenance.  He also has a experience in running and operation of and canals and downstream distribution of precious irrigation and drinking water.  His practical grass root experience came handy while dealing with interstate water regulation issues at the Corporate Office since joining BBMB in the year 1992.  During his ongoing stint with BBMB, Er. Gupta has successfully handled very intricate and sensitive issues of water allocation, reservoir management and flood routing etc., besides the administrative functions of executive grooming and placement and providing infrastructural and technical support to the Corporate Office and top BBMB management.

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Special Secretary

Er. Ranvir Singh Jalta has joined as Special Secretary in BBMB on 02.04.2012. He has done B.E. (Electrical) from Bhopal University and M.E. from IIT, Roorkee University . During his last 25 years of service in power sector, he has served in number of organizations like NTPC, HPSEB, CEA, SJVNL and HPERC in various capacities. He has rich experience in Generation, Transmission and Regulatory affairs of the power utilities. Prior to the present posting, he was working as Executive Director in HP Electricity Regulatory Commission handling various regulatory matters in generation, transmission and distribution. As Special Secretary of the Board, he is currently assisting Chairman, BBMB for looking after the work of Power Wing and policy guidelines relating to establishment & works. He is also carrying out the responsibilities of Chief Vigilance Officer of BBMB.

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