The sphere of activities of the Station is covered under the following core areas: soil
      mechanics including studies on expansive soils, studies on dispersive soils, hydraulic fracturing
      of core materials, and quality control, rockfill, soil dynamics, geosynthetics, numerical modelling
      and quality control concrete diagnostics and chemistry including diagnostic investigation/health
      monitoring, material for repair and rehabilitation, petrography, chemical investigation, durability
      of concrete, chemistry and mineralogy, water quality, alkali aggregate reaction, new material
      such as polymer, grout, etc.; rock mechanics (I) including foundation rock characterisation, in-
      situ measurements such as in-situ stresses and deformability, geophysical investigations,
      numerical modelling.
      Farakka Barrage Project
           Farakka Barrage Project with headquarters at Farakka in Murshidabad district of West
      Bengal is a subordinate office under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and
      Ganga Rejuvenation. The Farakka Barrage Project Authority was set up in 1961 with the
      mandate to execute and thereafter operate and maintain the Farakka Barrage Project Complex
      comprising Farakka Barrage, Jangipur Barrage, Feeder Canal, Navigation Lock and associated
           The Barrage comprises 112 Gates (108 no. main Gates and 4 no. Fish Lock Gates) besides
      11 nos. Head Regulator Gates for diversion of approximately 40,000 cusecs (1035 cusecs) of
      discharge into the feeder canal. The main objective of the Project is to divert adequate quantity of
      Ganga waters to Bhagirathi-Hoogly river system through 38.38 km long feeder canal for
      preservation and maintenance of Kolkata Port by improving the regime and navigability of the
      Bhagirathi-Hoogly river system. Further, with the successful accomplishment of time specific
      anti-erosion and bank protection works in critical reaches on river Ganga / Padma, FBP authority
      has been able to ensure the safety of Farakka Barrage besides providing reasonable protection
      from floods to lives and livelihood of local people in the region. Apart from above, Farakka
      Barrage Project is facilitating implementation of India-Bangladesh Ganga Water Treaty -1996 on
      sharing of Ganga water between India and Bangladesh.
      Betwa River Board
           Betwa River Board (B.R.B) was constituted in 1976 to execute the Rajghat Dam Project and
      Power House. The project authority started construction of the project under the overall guidance
      of Betwa River Board Act, 1976. The benefits and cost of the above project are shared equally
      by Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
      Sardar Sarovar Construction Advisory Committee
           The Sardar Sarovar Construction Advisory Committee (SSCAC) was constituted by the
      Government of India in accordance with the directives of the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal
      (NWDT) in 1980.
           The functions of SSCAC include: scrutinizing the project estimates of dam and powerhouse
      works and recommend for the administrative approval; examining and recommending on all
      proposals pertaining to technical features and designs; exploring the requirement of funds for the
      construction of works and other purposes according to the approved programme; recommending
      on all sub-estimates and contracts, the cost of which exceeds the powers of project officers.