Training programme on Project Hydrology gets under way
NWDA receives similar objects on its proposal
Consensus of riparian States stressed
Kakinada: The State government is of the firm view that the proposed interlinking of river waters should not be taken up with the Himalayan and peninsular components separately as the project will be otherwise fraught with anomalies in transferring water from surplus to deficit regions. Parts of Andhra Pradesh, where drought is a regular phenomenon, will be at a disadvantage if peninsular rivers are linked up devoid of the Himalayan component. Rivers in Andhra Pradesh will not have their capacities augmented in the absence of assured supplies from the Himalayan rivers, observes P. Rama Raju, Chief Engineer of Inter-State Water Resources and Irrigation and CAD Department. Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a training programme on the Project Hydrology that commenced at the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH)’s Deltaic Regional Centre here on Tuesday,
Mr. Raju said Andhra Pradesh had raised objections to the proposal made by the National Water Development Agency (NWDA) to take up the interlinking of peninsular rivers in isolation of those rivers having origins in the Himalayas.
The NWDA received similar objections from some other quarters, which necessitated the Task Force on Interlinking of Rivers to take a re-look at the remedial measures that would pave the way for consensus of riparian States. The NWDA and the Central Water Commission (CWC) were involved in deliberations across the spectrum to come up with a balanced perspective plan that would protect the interests of all States.
Earlier, addressing scientists, Mr. Raju said collection of data on water resources and rainfall by different agencies was in a bad shape. Things would improve a lot if the human interface between compilation of data and dissemination was removed. Cellular phones would fit in this context as the best means to pass on vital information to stakeholders.
Voluminous data was being gathered on rainfall, flow rate, sedimentation, evaporation etc but the findings lacked consistency. In the not so distant past, rainfall reports used to have District Collectors’ signatures, which indicated the high standards set for compilation of data and subsequent analysis in those days.
Mr. Raju further said that the per capita availability of storage (of water) in India was just 130 cubic meters compared to far higher levels in the US and Russia.
It was 165 cubic meters around the time of independence. As the population multiplied, availability dwindled, thus stretching the resources to limits.
If India were to become a super power, availability of adequate quantities of water was a pre-requisite, he asserted.
Y.R. Satyaji Rao, Head of NIH Deltaic Regional Centre, Kakinada, said the training programme was focused on network design for hydrological data monitoring, hydrological data processing and analysis, estimation of flood in non-gauged catchments, flood routing and frequency analysis, application of remote sensing and isotope techniques in surface water hydrology and artificial neural networks for rainfall and run-off modelling.
JNTU-Kakinada Registrar V. Ravindra participated in the programme as the guest of honour.