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‘Sustainable groundwater management is the need of the hour’

Hyderabad: Dr Venkateshwara Rao, Group Head, Water Resources, NRSC highlighted various initiatives undertaken by the National Remote Sensing Centre for groundwater management. He said that ISRO’s geoportal Bhuvan hosts historic waterbody information from 2004-2013. He cited some successful NRSC projects which helped in promoting effective water management. Projects include; Nakta Tank Command, Chhattisgarh; Flood Forecasting and Inundation Project; Snowmelt runoff forecasting in Himalayan Basin using RS inputs; Inventory of Glacial Lakes and Water Bodies in Himalayan Region and Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission.

Mahendra Mehta, Groundwater Management Expert, EU talked about the project Aquifer Mapping and Village Level Groundwater Resource Assessment System for Rajasthan State. The project is a collaboration between Rajasthan and the European Union. The EU granted a sum of EUR 80 million for this project. Rolta’s consultancy was provided to Rajasthan Groundwater Department to computerise huge amounts of data, develop a bilingual web GIS app and develop thematic maps. “Groundwater data of past 25 years has been computerised and stored,” he said.

Ashish Arora, Enterprise GIS Consultant, Intergarph SG&I described how Intergraph solutions like H2O, Geo Media Smart Client etc are cost-effective and user friendly to even the non-GIS users. Giriraj Amarnath from International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka explained how earth observation technologies are managing water resources for agriculture. The global nature of EO satellites helps to address the problems of data continuity in trans-national basins where complete and consolidated maybe difficult to obtain. Subhash Chandra, Sr Scientist, CSIR, Hyderabad explained how heliborne technology and GIS promote sustainable management of groundwater resources.

Source: Our Correspondent