Hyderabad: The second day of the India Geospatial Forum 2014 witnessed several user and technology sessions. The symposium on water management titled, ‘Economic, Efficient & Effective: The three E’s of water management’ saw participation of various experts from government, geospatial industry and users. Dr Sanjay Dahasahasra, Ex Member Secretary, Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran and Ex President of Indian Water Work Association gave a presentation on ‘24X 7 continuous water supplies for Indian cities’. He talked about how the increasing urbanisation is stressing the current water resources. He said that GIS-based hydraulic models can ensure continuous 24X7 water supply in Indian cities. “Geospatial technologies can help in asset management of water infrastructure, district metric area creation, NRW reduction, digitisation of water records etc”, he said.
Atanu Patnayak, from Bentley explained how GIS technology can promote economic, efficient & effective water management. “Water treatment and desalination plants should be part of smart water initiatives”, he said. He gave examples of how Bentley solutions aided effective water management for United Utilities (UK), Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority, Westerport Water, Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran etc.
Dr MB Joshi, GM, Technical and Coordination, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd described how the canal network across the country can benefit immensely with GIS and allied technologies. “Geospatial technology plays a significant role during the canal network construction, earthwork, identification of missing link, canal operation, and maintenance, command area development and irrigation activities”, he said. SK Sinha, Sr Scientist, Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) explained various initiatives taken by the organisation to promote sustainable development and management of groundwater in India. The Water Resources Information System is a web-based platform that provides all the information of groundwater data on a public domain. “We have also embarked on a National Aquifer Mapping and Management Project at an estimated cost of Rs 3,319 crore”, he said. He also mentioned about the issues of data sharing, recycle of water and limited applications of GIS which plague the water industry.
“Watershed is the only department which is fully optimising the use of geospatial technologies,” said H Hemanth Kumar, Head, Karnataka State Spatial Data Infrastructure. He described how the department has developed an online portal to acquire, process, store and distribute the utilisation of spatial data. “Stakeholder participation, promoting authoritative crowdsourcing, PPP model for development of apps etc are the issues which SDIs for watershed management faces,” he said. Venugopal Parasuraman, VP, Amigo Optima Software Solutions highlighted how the use of modern LiDAR technologies can promote cost effective and efficient groundwater management. The three-day event is the 100th conference organised by Geospatial Media and Communications Pvt Ltd.
Source: Our Correspondent