Govt Approves Central Water Management System to Tackle Drought

The NHP intends to set up a systematic approach to provide reliable water resource data acquisition all over India.

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A woman carries water through a parched field in Hyderabad. (Photo: Reuters)

The Central government cleared a proposal to set up a centralised system for providing real-time data for forecasts of flood, drought management and water resource assessment on Wednesday, Times of India reported.

Climate change and unpredictable monsoon has been negatively impacting millions of Indians every year.

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With the country suffering two consecutive droughts and three sub-par monsoons, the decision to approve the implementation of the National Hydrology Project (NHP) with an investment of over Rs 3,679 crores in a much-needed measure.

The NHP which will be covering the entire country intends to set up a systematic approach to provide reliable water resource data acquisition, storage, collation and management.

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It also seeks to build a capacity of state and central organisations in water resource management through the use of information systems and adoption of state-of-the-art technologies like remote sensing.
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The project will be promoting “efficient and equitable” use of water, especially groundwater, down to the village level.

The NHP’s hydro-meteorological data will also be easily accessible by any user at the state, district or village-level.


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