Action plan drawn for Hydrology Information System - II Project

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New Delhi, Aug 1 (UNI) A 60-day action plan has been drawn up by the joint review meeting of the Ministry of Water Resources, Department of Economic Affairs and the World Bank for the implemention of Rs 631.83-crore Hydrology Project, Phase II, aimed at promoting a sustained and effective use of Hydrological Information System by all potential users.

The project, taken up with the help of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), is expected to contribute to improving the productivity and cost effectiveness of water-related investments in 13 states -- Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Punjab, Pondicherry and Himachal Pradesh.

Besides this, eight Central Government agencies -- Central Water Commission, Central Ground Water Board, India Meteorological Department, National Institute of Hydrology, Central Water and Power Research Station, Ministry of Water Resources, Central Pollution Control Board and Bhakra Beas Management Board-- are participating in the second phase of the HIS-II.

There will be one more review in the second fortnight of August, an official release said today.

An agreement for HIS-II was signed in January 2006 between the IBRD and GOI and has become effectively operational for six years from April 2006. The project is supported with a loan of 104.98 millon US dollars.

The National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee and Bhakara Beas Management Board are carrying out development of Decision Support System (planning) and Decision Support System (tools) through consultations and are in advance stages of appointing consultants, an official release said.

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