|Water Resource Development|
Monday, June 03, 2013|
Assessment, Forecasting and Management of Floods, 03 – 07 June, 2013
INTRODUCTION:Floods have been a recurring menace in India, causing deaths and destruction in many parts of the
country, disruption of normal life and substantial economical loss. Total flood prone area in the country
is now assessed at 45.36 Million hectares of land, of which about 20 Mha only have been provided
with a reasonable degree of flood protection so far. Floods affect an area of about 7.55 Million hectares
per year on an average with the annual flood damage costing thousands of crores of rupees. The
assessment, forecasting and management of floods are crucial issues in Water Resources
Development, particularly in the context of the global situation of climate change.
As per the National Water Policy 2002, “There should be a Master Plan for Flood Control and
Management for each flood – prone basin. Adequate flood-cushion should be provided in water
storage projects, wherever feasible, to facilitate better flood management. In highly flood-prone areas,
flood control should be given overriding consideration in reservoir regulation policy even at the cost of
sacrificing some irrigation or power benefits. While physical flood protection works like embankments
and dykes will continue to be necessary, increased emphasis should be laid on non–structural
measures such as flood forecasting and warning, flood plain zoning and flood proofing for the
minimization of losses and to reduce the recurring expenditure on flood relief. There should be strict
regulation of settlements and economic activity in the flood plain zones along with flood proofing, to
minimize the loss of life and property on account of floods. The flood forecasting activities should be
modernized, value – added and extended to other uncovered areas. Inflow forecasting to reservoirs
should be instituted for their effective regulation”.
The guidelines and strategies recommended in respect of Flood Management by the National Water
Mission in December, 2008 and the Working Group Report of Planning Commission for the XII Five
Year Plan (2012 – 2017) in October, 2011 are also very much relevant and timely.
Management of floods in the Indian situation has to be organized adopting these guidelines and as per the flood contingency plans formulated by the respective States from time to time.
Closing date: Monday, June 03, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013|
Latest Techniques in Micro Irrigation 17 – 21 June, 2013
INTRODUCTION:Demand for Land and Water is continuously escalating due to increased population. Although water is
a renewable resource, its availability in appropriate quantity and quality is under severe stress due to
increasing demand from various sectors. Agricultural sector being the largest one, as it consumes
around 80% of the country’s exploitable water resources, the over all development of the agriculture
sector and the intended growth rate in GDP is dependant on the judicious use of water resources.
Conventional methods of water conveyance and irrigation practices adopted under projects have been
highly inefficient, leading not only to wastage of water but also to several ecological problems like
water logging, salinization resulting to soil degradation. It has been recognized that use of modern
irrigation methods like drip and sprinkler irrigation is the only alternative for efficient use of surface as
well as ground water resources.
Micro Irrigation has gained the attention of Policy makers and Planners during last decade and a half
because of its potential to increase yields of crops. Of late, Micro Irrigation Technology has been
rapidly expanding all over the world especially in water scarce areas of both developing and developed
countries. It is very popular in Israel, U.S, some parts of Europe, North America, India and China.
There is ample market potential with continuously rising demand for food grains. It is becoming the
most in demand Technology. In India, it is estimated that about 69 million hectares of land area could
be brought under Micro Irrigation System. Despite concerted efforts from the Government and
International agencies, Micro Irrigation in India hardly covered less than 1% of the net irrigated area
though in the state of A.P. it is little over one percent where 15,300 crores worth Micro Irrigation
projects are being planned in 31 Lift Irrigation Schemes. It is essential to develop a team of trained
personnel who are capable of achieving better synergy among all stakeholders involved with implementation of Micro Irrigation projects
Closing date: Monday, June 17, 2013
Monday, July 01, 2013|
:Hydraulic Gates and Handling Equipments for Water Resources Projects : Design, Installation,Operation and Maintenance from 01 - 05 July, 2013.
INTRODUCTION:To derive the maximum benefit from any Water Resources Project, regulated releases of Water
from the reservoir and optimum utilization of such water are of utmost importance. Hydraulic Gates
and handling equipments like hoists form the vital components for controlling the discharges
through the dam, canals, tunnels, penstocks and outlets.
After the selection of suitable type of gates and their hoisting mechanism based upon the purpose
and location and, on completion of their designs and drawings, the next stages are manufacture /
fabrication and testing in factory / field workshop, Transportation to the site of installation, erection/
installation at the site in the defined sequence, field testing (no-load and full load, or dry and wet
testing). The next important aspect is the operation of the gates as per the system requirements
and scheduled maintenance as per supplier’s recommendations. For systematic O&M, it is also
essential to have a Comprehensive Manual. The O&M staff should not only be well conversant
with the contents of the Manual, but should also be trained suitably for the job so as to ensure safe
operation and effective maintenance of the gates and hoists, in accordance with the requirements and situation.
Closing date: Monday, July 01, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013|
Remote Sensing, GIS, GPS and Total Station Applications 16 – 20 July, 2013
INTRODUCTION:Applications of Remote Sensing, GIS, GPs and Total Station are becoming more and more inevitable
and popular in the Planning, Investigation, Implementation and also Operation and Maintenance of
various projects related to Irrigation, Power, Highways, Water Supply & Sanitation, Agriculture sectors
and also other projects such as major activities of basic importance in the country like Airports,
Seaports and large industries.
Success of most of the projects being taken up with huge budget outlay depends mostly on adequate
and speedy investigation, data collection, project formulation, implementation which can be achieved
effectively and efficiently through applications of the latest technologies such as RS, GIS, GPS and
Total Station. Even during the Operation and Maintenance of the projects, these tools are very much
Engineers and Technologists who are involved in the activities of major projects, should familiarize
themselves with these latest tools in order to achieve the targets in time and also effectively.
It is in this context that ESCI has planned the programme for enabling the participants to become familiar with the use of RS, GIS techniques and also DGPS and total Station in projects.
Closing date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013|
Reservoir Sedimentation :Computation, Prevention and Remedial Measures, 30 July – 03 August, 2013
INTRODUCTION:Erosion of soil in the catchment areas, its transportation by flowing water and deposition in the
reservoirs is a common phenomenon and was mentioned in the Report of the National Commission for Integrated Water Resources Development Plan (MoWRD, GoI) of 1999. All reservoirs formed by dams on natural rivers / streams are, therefore, subjected to some degree of sedimentation. The storage reservoirs should serve the expected functions properly for the whole life span and their life should be extended beyond the service period, as long as possible, even on a slightly reduced scale of benefits, if necessary. The problems confronting the project-planner are to estimate the rate of sedimentation and period of time before the sediment will interfere with useful functions of the reservoir. Sufficient provision should be made for sediment storage in the reservoir at the time of design so as not to impair reservoir functions during the designed life of the project. It is therefore, essential to monitor the capacity of existing reservoirs at regular intervals and take suitable measures for controlling the sedimentation rate and utilize the findings in the planning of future reservoirs.
Timely remedial measures are required to be taken to reduce the siltation and to remove silt deposited in order to prolong the useful life of the reservoir.
Closing date: Tuesday, July 30, 2013