The Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board an Independent Institution was constituted in G.O.Ms.No.916, Rural Development and Local Administration Department, dated 21.05.1975. The CMWSS Act was notified and the provisions of the Act has been brought into force in G.O.Ms.No. 1176, Rural Development and Local Administration Department, dated 22.07.1978. The Board is attending to the growing needs of and for planned development and appropriate regulation of Water Supply and Sewerage Services in the Chennai Metropolitan Area with particular reference to the protection of Public Health and for all matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
The Board was established under "The CMWSSB Act. 1978' (Act No.28 of 1978) and commenced functioning from 01.08.1978. Under Section 20 of the CMWSSB Act, an employee of any local authority ie. Chennai Municipal Corporation, Ground Water Division of the Public Works Department, Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, in Chennai Metropolitan Area who is serving in connection with Water Supply and Sewerage System may be transferred to the services of the Board. Accordingly, persons who were working in the local authority were transferred and absorbed in this Board.
In exercise of the powers conferred under Clause ( c ) of Sub-Section (2) of Section 81 of the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Act 1978 the CMWSS Board had framed Employees Services Regulations, 1978 and CMWSS Board Special Regulations, 1982.
The administration of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board is governed by the Board consisting of Board of Directors, headed by Managing Director. The policies and directions of the Board are carried out through the Managing Director.
The Managing Director is the Chief Executive authority of the Board who is a Grade I Officer and is incharge of the day to day administration of the Board and exercises supervision and control over the employees of the Board. The Managing Director is assisted by the following Heads of Departments.
- Executive Director
- Finance Director
- Engineering Director
- Chief Engineer (O&M)
- Chief Engineer (Con. Wsy)
- Chief Engineer (CCRCP)
- Chief Engineer (Con Sew)
- General Manager
The functions of various Departments of the Board are furnished below
Materials Department : Executive Director is an IAS Officer and he is also a whole time Director and member of all Statutory Committees in the Board and the Executive Director is incharge for Materials Department and Contracts and Monitoring Wing. All purchases,Inventory control, disposal etc. are being attended to by Materials Department and all contracts are settled by C&M Wing. The Executive Director is assisted by a Superintending Engineer in C&M Wing and by Purchase Manager & Inventory Control Manager in Materials Department. The Data Processing Manager (Grade IV) functions directly under the control of Executive Director and he assists Executive Director in computing the financial data and feeding the analysis of the Board.
Finance Department : Finance Director is the Head of this Department. This Department is responsible for Financial administration and matters relating to finance and audit. This Department carries out works like preparation of Budget and Budgetary control, collection of Revenue, Pay Roll particulars of all staff, analysis of cost etc. The Finance Director is assisted by the Chief Controller of Finance & Controller of Finance.
The Internal Auditor and COF (I.A.)(Grade III) functions directly under the control of Finance Director and assist him in conducting Internal Audit and settlement of audit objections.
Engineering Department : Engineering Director is the Head of the Department who is a Grade II Officer. The Engineering Director is in charge of P&D Wing and Training and Data Centre. The Engineering Director is assisted by one Superintending Engineer and one Director (all Grade III Officers) each in P&D Wing and T&D Centre. The Construction Water Supply Wing is headed by a Chief Engineer and he is assisted by two Superintending Engineers. The Chennai City River Conservation Project is headed by a Chief Engineer and he is assisted by one Superintending Engineer.
The Construction sewerage Wing is headed by a Chief Engineer and he is assisted by two Superintending Engineers. Operation & Maintenance Wing: The Chief Engineer (O&M) is the Head of this Department who is a Grade II Officer and is in charge for Water Resources, Supply transmission, Street mains, new services, Leak surveys, Pumping Station maintenance, Sewerage collection and disposals of Street sewers, sewer blocks etc. The C.E (O&M) is assisted by 5 S.Es and a Hydrogeologist. The Eleven Area Engineers who is incharge for Water Supply and Sewerage disposal for entire city and PRH Engineer and Well Field Engineer are working under the control of 4 SEs who assists the C.E.(O&M).Personnel & Administration Department: This Department is headed by General Manager who is also the Secretary to the Board. He is a Grade III Officer. A District Revenue Officer is holding the post. The P&A Department is responsible for the following functions.
- Recruitment of Personnel for various services under the Board
- Employees records, Disciplinary proceedings etc.
- Man power Development
- Industrial Relations
- Public Relations
- Office Services
- Legal matters
The General Manager is assisted by the Public Relations Manager, Deputy General Manager, Staff Manager and Standing Legal Adviser.
There is a separate Legal Cell to deal with the Court Cases. This Cell is directly under the control of General Manager.
Training and Data Centre : This Centre is headed by Director (Trg.Centre) who is the Member Secretary of the Governing Council. The Director (Trg. Centre) functions under the control of Engineering Director. He is assisted by a Deputy Director (Training centre). The Training Centre is conducting various refresher training classes to the Board employees and also to the employees of other Govt. Departments sponsored by CPHEEO, Govt. of India.