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The National Hydrology Project (NHP)

The Project is to improve reliability and accuracy of Hydrology and Ground Water data throughout India and to improve access to this information. 

The mission is to establish an effective and sound hydrological database and Hydrological Information System (HIS), together with the development of consistent and scientifically-based tools and design aids to assist in the effective water resources planning and management within each of the implementing agencies based on sound scientifically driven hydro-geological information and models.

The National Hydrology Project (NHP) is intended for setting up of a system for timely and reliable water resources data acquisition, storage, collation and management. 

The NHP will help in gathering Hydro-meteorological data which will be stored and analyzed on a real time basis and can be seamlessly accessed by any user at the State/District/village level. The project envisages to cover the entire country as the earlier hydrology projects covered only 13 States. 

It will also provide tools/systems for informed decision making through Decision Support Systems (DSS) for water resources assessment, flood management, reservoir operations, drought management, etc.

 NHP also seeks to build capacity of the State and Central sector organisations in water resources management through the use of Information Systems and adoption of State of the art technologies like Remote Sensing. 

The MoWR, RD&GR has adopted a paradigm shift in the management of water resources of the country by adopting a river basin approach, In order to efficiently use and manage water resources of the country; adequacy of data, resource assessment, decision support systems, etc. are a prerequisite for allocation and prioritization of this fast depleting resource.  

The Components of the Proposal are: 

 a) In Situ Hydromet Monitoring System and Hydromet Data Acquisition System. 

b) Setting up of National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC).

 c) Water Resources Operation and Management System 

d) Water Resources Institutions and Capacity Building 

The NHP will Result in the Improvement of:

1. Data storage, exchange, analysis and dissemination through National Water Informatics Centre. 

2. Lead time in flood forecast from 1 day to at least 3 days 

3. Mapping of flood inundation areas for use by the disaster management authorities 

4. Assessment of surface and ground water resources in a river basin for better planning & allocation for PMKSY and other schemes of Govt. of India 

5. Reservoir operations through seasonal yield forecast, drought management, SCADA systems, etc.

 6. Design of SW & GW structures, hydropower units, interlinking of rivers, Smart Cities. 

7. Fulfilling the objectives of Digital India. 

8. People Centric approach: The programme envisages ultimate aim for water management through scientific data collection, dissemination of information on water availability in all blocks of the country and establishing of National Water Information Centre. The automated systems for Flood Forecasting is aimed to reduce water disaster, ultimately helping vulnerable population. 

It is people and farmer centric programme as information on water can help in predicting water availability and help farmers to plan their crops and other farm related activities. 

Through this programme India would make a place among nations known for scientific endeavours. 

Hydrological Information System (HIS)

HIS is a scientific process of capturing reliable data on the quantity and quality of hydro-meteorological, hydrological and hydro-geological systems on space and time. 

It promotes the use of computerized databases for planning, design and management of water resources systems. In the HIS, procedures of observation, processing and dissemination of water resources data have been standardized. Hydrological information in India is primarily provided by various agencies of the central and state government.

Impact of the Project:

a) Development of real time flood forecasting and reservoir operations in a manner that does not result in sudden opening of gates which inundates the area down below; 

b) It will facilitate integrated water resource management by adopting river basin approach through collation and management of hydro-meteorological data. 

This will also help in water resource assessment – as surface as well as ground water, for water resource planning, prioritize its allocations and its consumptive use for irrigation;

 c) It will help in providing real time information on a dynamic basis to the farmers about the ground water position for them to accordingly plan their cropping pattern; 

d) This will also help in promoting efficient and equitable use of water particularly of ground water at the village level; 

e) This will also provide information on quality of water.