Hydrology Project Phase-II has been taken up, with the assistance of International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). Agreement for the Hydrology Project-II between the IBRD (World Bank) and Government of India was signed on 19.01.2006. The project has become effective from 5th April 2006. The duration of the project is six years and is estimated to cost Rs.631.83 crore supported with a loan of 104.98 Million US$ from IBRD. The Ministry of Water Resources is the nodal agency for implementation of the project. A Project Coordination Secretariat has been established in the Ministry for this purpose.
The objectives of the project are to extend and promote the sustained and effective use of Hydrological Information System (HIS) by all potential users concerned with water resources planning and management, both in public and private sectors, thereby contributing to improved productivity and cost effectiveness of water related investments.
The project is being implemented in 13 States viz. Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Punjab, Puducherry and Himachal Pradesh and eight central agencies viz. Central Water Commission (CWC), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), India Meteorological Department (IMD), National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Bhakhra Beas Management Board (BBMB).
The project is being monitored by a National Level Steering Committee (NLSC) headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources with State Secretaries/Principal Secretaries of the concerned Departments as Members. At the State level also Steering Committees have been formed and Project Coordinators have been appointed.
During the year 2008, three key consultants have been appointed for Technical Assistance and Management Consultancy (TAMC), Decision Support System for Planning and Management of Water Resources (DSS-Planning) and Decision Support Consultancy for Real Time Operation of the Bhakhra and Beas System of Reservoirs (DSS-RT). The basins for DSS (P) studies have been identified in each State and necessary data is being collected and provided to DSS (P) consultants. 18 proposals of surface water and ground water domain for Purpose Driven Studies (PDS) have been finalised to be carried out by the participating agencies.
Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 17-02-2011