Lucknow, India: Uttar Pradesh State Water and Sanitation Mission (SWSM) in India will document water resources across six zones of the state, using GIS and GPS technologies. The GIS and GPS mapping will take note of ponds (manmade and natural), wells and handpumps.
The mapping will be done by private organisations and the mission office has already invited proposals from expert agencies. The exercise is a part of the Government of India’s National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and will cover villages under six zones of UP under three commissionaires. These zones are Allahabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Varanasi and Moradabad.
The chairman of the SWSM, Manoj Kumar Singh said: “So far, we do not have any proper database of water resources, especially in areas where drinking water is a major problem. Through the mapping, we will get details of all the resources together, complete with their longitude and latitude dimensions.”
After the mapping, the details will be given to the selected civil society organisations in these villages, who will then do a regular monitoring of the water quality. They will be assigned the task of collecting water samples for testing in Jal Nigam labs across the state and give their report to the mission office and the gram sabha.