Shillong, Sept 28 (UNI) A proposal for development of an effective and permanent flood forecast system for the Brahmaputra and Barak basins in the North Eastern region is under the consideration of the Ministry of Water Resources, an official statement said today.
To be initiated by the Central Water Commission(CWC), it would be under a joint project with the Department of Information and Technology.
During the 10th Plan, the scheme for updating and modernising of flood forecast system was extended to the Brahmaputra and other river systems in the country.
The CWC, under the Ministry of Water Resources, has at present 10 projects in the NE region in the construction stage for which it is providing design consultancy.
In addition, there are 13 projects for which Detailed Project Reports (DPR) are under preparation. Detailed hydrological studies and design work in respect of these projects are also in progress.
The CWC has a large network of hydrological observation sites for collection of related data and for issuance of flood forecast in NE region.
At present, the CWC has 151 hydrological observation sites in the region. The CWC is also monitoring the progress of 14 major/medium irrigation projects and about 800 minor irrigation schemes.
In all 57 such minor irrigation schemes in Mizoram and 14 hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh are under investigation by the CWC.
The CWC initiates, coordinates and furthers, in consultation with the concerned state governments, schemes for control, conservation and use of water resources for the purpose of flood control, irrigation, drinking water supply and water power development.