Support systems for TN river basin resources on the anvil

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Tiruchirapalli, Feb 16 (UNI) Decision Support System-- a computer generated Geographical Information System (GIS)-- will be developed for integrated planning and management of water resources in some of the river basins and sub-basins of Tamil Nadu.

It would be developed under the World Bank-aided Hydrology Project-II, Public Works Department sources said here today.

The Phase-II of the project was sanctioned at an estimate of Rs 25.27 crore in 2006, on completion of Phase-I, implemented between 1996 and 2003. The Systems would be developed by compiling the data as Hydrological Information System.

While Phase-I sought to set up a reliable network for collection, transmission, processing and storage of data on surface and ground water in terms of quality and quantity, Phase-II would focus on consolidating the activities through institutional strengthening and vertical extension.

Vertical extension would include development of hydrological design aids, development of decision support system and purpose-drive studies.

Under Phase-II, Decision Support Systems would be developed for drought monitoring in Vaippar basin, use of ground and surface water in Agniyar basin and a study on basic flood management in Tamirabarani basin.

The System would equip water managers with a well-structured, user-friendly and complete water resources management information mechanism, sources added.

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