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Classified database on water resources to be developed

India: Aiming for better water management, including its accessibility and pricing, the Ministry of Water Resources has decided to put all classified data on surface and ground water on a GIS platform.

The draft Hydro-Meteorological Data Dissemination Policy (2013) published by the Ministry says commercial users, either Indian or foreign, would be supplied classified data on payment of Rs 75,000 a year per site. The data will be provided free of cost to Indian non-commercial users. However, costs of printing, photocopying and digital media as payable for providing information under Right to Information Act, 2005 would be charged.

A five-member Classified Data Committee, to be headed by a joint secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, will take a final decision on supplying data, says the draft policy.

The data will include information collected by the Central Water Commission (CWC) relating to river water level, river discharge, sediment flow, quality of water and water quality as well as information on groundwater resources collected by Central Ground Water Board (CGWD).

Besides hydrological observation, the data will also include meteorological parameters such as rainfall, maximum-minimum temperature, humidity, pan-evaporation, solar radiation and wind velocity on some specific sites.

Source: Deccan Herald