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Flood forecast to go hi-tech in Hyderabad

Flood forecast to go hi-tech in Hyderabad
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Flood Forecast to go Hi-Tech in Hyderabad. Prevention of flooding and inundation of low-lying areas will be a thing of past as a hi-tech warning system is taking shape.

  • IMD selected Hyderabad for the warning system
  • GHMC needs to digitise urban infrastructure
  • IIT-Delhi to develop the plan for civic body
  • It will help GHMC gear up for emergency work

Hyderabad: Prevention of flooding and inundation of low-lying areas will be a thing of past as a hi-tech warning system is taking shape. Under the warning system, the civic administration will have advance area-wise information on how much rain flow will be experienced in Hyderabad. This crucial information will put the administration in a state of absolute preparedness to prevent flooding.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD), which has identified Hyderabad as one of the cities experiencing urban flooding phenomena, has come up with a satellite-based rain forecasting in specific areas to prevent possible flooding.

But, the only hurdle that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has to cross is to provide a full-fledged digitization of city’s urban infrastructure, especially drainage mapping. “This is where several cities, including Hyderabad have been lacking,” pointed out a senior official, privy to the IT initiatives of the GHMC.

The project has been conceived by the IMD, along with Central Water Commission (CWC), and it would be developed by the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D).

Apart from Hyderabad, the project would be rolled out in Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Chennai and Bangalore, which have been witnessing urban flooding for last several years.

Speaking to The Hans India, IMD Director-General Dr L S Rathore said that the IIT-Delhi has been working on the project to evolve an operational model for a rollout at the earliest.

Clarifying on the status of the project, IIT Professor in the Civil Engineering Department A K Gosain said, “as of now, we got the urban infrastructure digitized data of the Delhi city. We are trying to understand the subsystems of drains and how much discharge capacity they have.”

The project officials identified rapid urbanization resulting in encroachment of wetlands, flood-plains and increasing man- made structures as the reason for causing floodway obstruction and loss of natural flood storage, which is the main reason for urban flooding.

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