C. D. Thatte

C. D. Thatte

Secretary General Hon
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Dr. Chandrakant Damodar Thatte joined the Commission on 01 September 1997 for a smooth transition in taking over the heavy responsibility of Secretary General,


Born in September 1935, Dr. C.D. Thatte graduated in Civil Engineering from Pune University in 1956. He has done Post Graduate Courses in the subject of Soil Mechanics. Foundation Engineering, Ground Water Hydrology & others, and Ph.D. in Hydraulic Modelling. From the beginning of his career with the Government, he has held several posts such as Executive Engineer, Superintending Engineer, Director and Chief Engineer in the State of Gujarat and then joined the Central Water Commission, the apex water organisation of the Government of India as Member (Design and Research). After three years, he became the Chairman of the Commission and later took over as Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Water Resources, from where he retired in September 1993 from the government service.


Dr. Thatte was thereafter conferred the position of Scientist Emeritus of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research to work for the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur and other water resources related National Institutions. He served on various Government of India Expert Committees viz. landslides, land and water systems analysis, Himalayan glaciers etc. He is working as Task Leader for Evaluation of Irrigation through Indira Gandhi Nehar Project Stage 1 studies which cover environmental concerns besides problem of O&M, settlement, waterlogging and economic analysis. He also worked as an expert for UNDP and UNEP on certain issues relating to international river water sharing and Global Freshwater Programme. He has been closely associated with several NGOs in the country.


Dr. Thatte has published more than 125 technical papers in India and abroad. He is a recipient of several awards such as CBIP's Anand Award, Cash Your Ideas Award, Nehru Centenary Award, Certificates of Merit for the Technical Papers etc. He has also been honoured by several Indian Professional Societies.

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