The Narmada Control Authority (NCA) has been setup under the final orders and decision of the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal (NWDT) as a machinery for implementation of its directions and decision. The authority started functioning from 20th December, 1980.
The authority is a body corporate with representatives of the four States of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and representatives of Govt. Of India. The authority is funded in equal proportions by all the four states. Secretary (Water Resources), Govt. of India is the ex-officio Chairman of the Authority, whereas the routine administration is the responsibility of Executive Member of the Authority. NCA presently has six subgroups. The Narmada Control Authority has its headquarters at Indore.
The quorum to constitute a meeting of the Authority (other than routine business) shall be 8 Members. Of these at least one Member each from any 3 of the 4 participating States shall be present. No decision affecting a State's interest shall, however, be taken without the presence of at least one Member of that State Government being present in the meeting. The Quorum for transaction of routine business shall be five Members. Every question, except a routine business, brought before any meeting of the Authority shall be decided by a majority of Members present and voting at the meeting before which the matter is brought. The Authority shall not prescribe as routine any business in which decisions are to be taken on any matter affecting the interest of more than one State. In the absence of the Chairman, the Member elected at the meeting shall preside over the meeting. In the case of equality of votes the Chairman or Member presiding over the meeting shall have a second or casting votes. Save as aforesaid the Members shall have equal powers
Persons employed in the services of the four States may be appointed or employed by the Authority in such proportions as the Authority may deem fit. The Authority shall arrange with the State Governments to spare the services of the persons employed in State Governments for whole-time employment with the Authority, or for the performance of any work or services for the Authority. The Authority may also make direct recruitment of any personnel or obtain the same from the Centre or other source as considered appropriate.
The Authority shall prepare and transmit to each of the four party States as early as possible and in any case before the end of the current Water Year (1st July of the year to the 30th June of the next year) an Annual Report covering the activities of the Authority for preceding year and to make available to the Central Government and to Government of each of the Party States, on its request any information within its possession any time and always provide access to its records to the Central Government and to the Government of each of the Party States and their representatives. The Central Governments shall cause the Annual Report to be laid before each house of the Parliament.