In the early 60s, under the Agriculture Department, a small branch comprising a few Engineers was created for the purpose of supervision and maintenance of Agricultural implements in the Government Agricultural Farms. In the late 60s, the aforesaid branch was converted as full-fledged Directorate, namely, Agricultural Engineering Directorate under the control of Agriculture Department for implementations of Minor Irrigation Project in the State. In the first lap of 80s, a minor irrigation branch was opened as a branch of Agriculture Department and the Agricultural Engineering Directorate was placed its control. Finally, on 8th February 1995 a new Department in the name of Water Investigation & Development Department was created. Later on in the year 2008, the department has been renamed as Water Resources Investigantion and Development Department. The Department of Water Resources Investigation and Development (DWRI&D) is mainly responsibile for providing irrigation services to the small and marginal farmers of West Bengal by implementing various type of minor irrigation schemes under different programmes utilizing both the ground water and surface water resources.
Hon'ble Minister-in-charge Dr. Manas Ranjan Bhunia