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THE INLAND WATERWAYS AUTHORITY OF INDIA ACT, 1985

Title : THE INLAND WATERWAYS AUTHORITY OF INDIA ACT, 1985

Year : 1985



(1) With effect from such date 1* as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint in this behalf, there shall be constituted for the purposes of this Act an Authority, to be called the Inland Waterways Authority of India.

(2) The Authority shall be a body corporate by the name aforesaid, having perpetual succession and a common seal with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable, and to contract and shall by the said name sue and be sued.

(3) The Authority shall consist of the following members, namely:--

(a) A Chairman;

(b) A Vice-Chairman; and

(c) Such number of persons, not exceeding five, to be appointed by the Central Government.

(4) The Authority may associate with itself, in such manner and for such purposes as may be determined by regulations, any person whose assistance or advice it may desire in complying with any of the provisions of this Act and a person so associated shall have the right to take part in the discussions of the Authority relevant to the purpose for which he has been associated, but shall not be entitled to vote.

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1. 27-10-1986 : Vide Notification No. S.O. 764 (E), dated 27-10-1986, Gazette of India, Extraordinary, 1986, Part II, section 3 (ii).
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The term of office and other conditions of service of the members shall be such as may be prescribed.



(1) The Chairman of the Authority shall, in addition to presiding over the meetings of the Authority, exercise and discharge such powers and duties of the Authority as may be delegated to him by the Authority and such other powers and duties as may be prescribed.

(2) The Vice-Chairman of the Authority shall exercise and discharge such of the powers and duties of the Chairman as may be prescribed or as may be delegated to him by the Authority.




(1) The Central Government may remove from the Authority any member who, in its opinion,-

(a) Refuses to act,

(b) Has become incapable to act,

(c) Has so abused his office as to render his continuance in office detrimental to the public interest, or

(d) Is otherwise unsuitable to continue as a member.

(2) The Central Government may suspend any member pending an inquiry against him.

(3) No order of removal under this section shall be made unless the member concerned has been given an opportunity to submit his explanation to the Central Government and when such order is passed, the seat of the member removed shall be declared vacant.

(4) A member who has been removed under this section shall not be eligible for re-appointment as a member or in any capacity under the Authority.



No act or proceeding of the Authority shall be invalidated merely by reason of:

(a) Any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the Authority; or

(b) Any defect in the appointment of a person acting as a member of the Authority; or

(c) Any irregularity in the procedure of the Authority not affecting the merits of the case.



(1) The Authority may appoint the Secretary and such other officers and employees as it considers necessary for the efficient discharge of its functions under this Act.

(2) The terms and conditions of service of the Secretary and other officers and employees of the Authority shall be such as may be determined by regulations.



(1) Subject to any rules made in this behalf, the Authority may from time to time constitute such Advisory Committees as may be necessary for the efficient discharge of its functions.

(2) Every Advisory Committee shall consist of such number of persons connected with shipping and navigation and allied aspects as the Authority may deem fit.



In the discharge of its functions under this Act, the Authority shall act, so far as may be, on business principles.
Last updated on April, 2016

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