The NVDA shall be responsible, in particular for the following functions:-

  • to prepare a detailed plan for exploitation of the water resources of the Narmada river and its tributaries and to undertake all necessary major engineering works for the harnessing of the river and its tributaries for the purpose of irrigation, power, navigation and other development;
  • to undertake ancillary engineering works for the distribution of water for irrigation, industrial, domestic and other purposes;
  • to undertake generation, sale of power in bulk to MPEB and all necessary engineering works ancillary thereto;
  • to acquire and manage land in the Narmada Valley for the purpose of carrying out engineering works, to provide for human resettlements and the needs for irrigation, flood control and navigation;
  • to shoulder responsibility of human resettlement and rehabilitation in respect of projects in the Narmada Valley, to establish towns and villages and to take all necessary measures to ensure planned settlement and rehabilitation;
  • to advise for the proper conservation and development of forests, wildlife and fisheries in the Narmada Valley;
  • to set up a designs organization for the projects entrusted to it;
  • to undertake operation and maintenance of the projects;
  • to undertake monitoring and evaluation.