Telangana teams up with ISRO for water resources info system


New Delhi: Telangana Irrigation Department on Saturday signed an agreement with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for monitoring water resources in the state with the help of space technology.

The irrigation department signed momentum of understanding with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) in the presence Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar to create the Telangana Water Resources Information System (TWRIS). This will go online with ISRO’s Bhuvan geo-platform, capturing every dam, barrage, main canal and other resources up to field channels.

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The MoU was signed in the presence of Telangana Irrigation Minister Harish Rao and ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar. Located in Hyderabad, NRSC will prepare a framework and mark every irrigation system on the Bhuvan satellite visualization tool.

Kiran Kumar said they were happy that Telangana was becoming a proactive user of the data system. He said the data was available not just from ISRO’s own satellite but also from other collaborative space agencies.

Harish Rao said the system would work faster than Google maps to enable the state to monitor the depth and quantity in all water sources. The data will be updated every 15 days and, from chief engineer to field engineer, every officer will have on-hand information.

The minister said the data would also help the state know the exact area irrigated under each project and cropping pattern. He hoped that the system would help improve efficiency of the department and bring transparency as the data will be available to every citizen.

The system is also expected to come handy for impact assessment of Mission Kakatiya, the state government’s flagship program under which 45,000 irrigation tanks are being restored.
Harish Rao said the data would also be vital for survey, design and implementation of new irrigation projects.