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HYDROLOGICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM (HIS)

PUDUCHERRY WATER RESOURCES ORGANIZATION
NATIONAL HYDROLOGY PROJECT(NHP)
GOVERNMENT OF PUDUCHERRY

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Introduction to Hydrology Project, Phase II

Water is gaining importance each and every moment.  Effective planning and management of water resources is essentially required to avoid disasters in future.  Realizing the need for a sound hydrological data base in the context of a paradigm shift towards comprehensive planning and development and management of water resources, the Government of India has been making efforts to develop databases covering all aspects of hydrological cycle. The Government of India set up scientifically verified, uniformly and widely acceptable hydrological records and databases during the first phase of Hydrology Project with financial assistance from the World Bank.

The phase-I of the project was implemented in 9 Peninsular States and 5 Central Agencies and in phase-II, 4 new States have been included in the Project along with 5 new Central Agencies inclusive of Pondicherry.  The phase II of the Hydrology Project became effective since April 2006 and will come to a closure during 2011.

The total outlay for Puducherry region for Hydrology Project-II is Rs.13.18 Crores spanning a period of 6 years.  A State Hydrology Organization (SHO), functioning as the State Level Nodal Agency, responsible for implementing the project activities, with officials from the Agriculture Department and Public Works Department, comprising of the Project Coordinator, Joint Project Coordinator, Procurement Specialist and a Training Coordinator, has been formulated. The State Level Steering Committee (SLSC), headed by the Secretary in-charge of Irrigation, provides policy guidance to the SHO in the implementation, supported by the State Level Hydrological Information System Coordination Committee (SLHISCC) on the technical issues, which is headed by the Project Coordinator of the Hydrology Project.

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Objectives of the Project

  • Improve organizational arrangements for hydrological, hydro-meteorological and water quality data measurement, validation , analysis and storage
  • Strengthen institutional and technical capabilities
  • Improve physical facilities and services for hydrological, hydro-meteorological and water quality data measurement, validation and analysis
  • Improve the use of hydrological, hydro-meteorological and water quality data
  • To establish an integrated , user friendly, demand responsive and easily accessible Hydrological Information System (HIS) , providing reliable, comprehensive and timely hydrological and meteorological data consisting of scientific hydrological and meteorological observation networks for both surface and ground water data covering quantitative as well as qualitative aspects, data processing and storage facilities, reliable data communications arrangements, and trained man power for HIS operation and user support.
  • To extend and promote the sustained and effective use of HIS by all potential users concerned with water resources planning and management, both public and private, thereby contributing to improved productivity and cost effectiveness of water related investment
  • To develop a Decision Support System (DSS)  to promote meaningful use of the data generated under HIS ,which will support decision making in water resources planning and operational policies.

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What is the Hydrological Information System (HIS)?

The Hydrological Information System contains detailed,reliable and complete data on the water resources of India.

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Why does India need the Hydrological Information System?

The Hydrological Information System will enable the Central and State governments,industries and farmers to know the availability of water resources and help them to plan and to manage the water resources better and improve the hydraulic infrastructure to avoid disasters such as floods and droughts.

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How is the Hydrological Information System set up?

Under the Hydrology Project, a wide network of water monitoring equipments are proposed to be installed. These equipments continuously measure rainfall, flows in rivers, storage in lakes, groundwater levels and how much water gets wasted into the sea. Laboratories are set up to measure the quality of ground water and surface water.

The collected data are stored in comprehensive, easily accessible and user friendly databases which cover all aspects of the hydrological cycle (quality and quantity) in the domains of groundwater, surface water and hydro-meteorology.

Under the Hydrology Project, more than 10,000 Indian government employees are being trained to take part in collection, processing storage and dissemination of data.

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Equipments to be installed

 Digital Water Level Recorders in observation wells
Sophisticated Data Centre
 River gauging sites
Cutting edge computer systems with dedicated software
Full Climatic stations
 Level II+ Water Quality Testing Laboratory

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Execution of the Hydrology Project

 The Hydrology Project is executed under the aegis of the Ministry of Water Resources by various state governments and Central Agencies.

At Central Level:

  • Central Water Commission
  • Central Ground Water Board
  • National Institute of Hydrology
  • India Meteorological Department
  • National  Water Academy

At State Level:

  • Ground Water Departments
  • Surface Water Departments

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Funding

The World Bank provides a loan for the implementation of the project.  

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Time span of the Hydrology Project

The project commenced in April 2006 and is to be completed within a period of six years.

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Consultancy Support

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M/s Mott MacDonald is the technical consultancy firm appointed to provide guidance to the implementing agencies.

M/s Mott MacDonald's £900 million business spans 120 countries with 14,500 staff working in all sectors from transport, energy, buildings, water and the environment to health and education, industry and communications.

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