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‘GIS is the backbone for effective water management projects’

Nagpur: GIS is the backbone for extracting the information for effective water management project. GIS data facilitates wealth of information for planning and decision making process in water audit, hydraulic modeling, integration of GIS & water billing data, district metering areas creation for detailed audit reports. GIS software has extensive applications in data creation, analysis and thematic presentation.

This critical role of GIS in effective water management, especially water supply, was brought to the fore at the event ‘Water Management and Automation – The Road Ahead’, organised recently in Nagpur, in the state of Maharashtra, India by ADCC Infocad.

Maharashtra is one of the most highly urbanised states in the country. Since the last four decades, the state has made tremendous investment in water infrastructure in urban areas. Despite this, the condition of water supply and sanitation systems is not good.

The State Government launched the Sujal Nirmal Abhiyan in 2009 to implement reforms in Urban Local Bodies. The reform project scope includes GIS mapping, consumer survey, water audit, energy audit, hydraulic modeling, supply and installation of flow meters and implementation of water billing software. The ultimate objective of the project is to prepare a detailed report for rehabilitation and augmentation of water supply scheme considering the current, intermediate and ultimate stages. The project is being implemented by Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP).

The event brought together key decision makers from various urban local bodies (ULBs) including council presidents, chief officers, municipal engineers, Chief Engineer MJP PMC (Project Management Consultancy), Executive Engineer MJP PMC, executive engineers from zilla parishads and industry experts. The inaugural function was presided by Sameer Meghe, Managing Director and Amit Somani, Jt. Managing Director, ADCC.

Somani welcomed the participants and expressed his views on use of technology for self sustainable water management programme. Meghe appreciated the efforts taken by water supply and sanitation division, Government of Maharashtra, Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran and all the ULB’s for supplying clean and safe drinking water.

Source: Our correspondent