Hyderabad: The TRS government has decided to employ space science to map water resources in the State. It has entered into MoU with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the development of Telangana Water Resources Information System, an exclusive web-based geo-portal.
Geospatial technologies will be used for effective management of water resources, said Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao. He told the Assembly on Tuesday that Telangana was the first State in the country to go for space science for better management of water resources.
Taking a cue from it, Karnataka and Maharashtra governments were also approaching the ISRO.
Giving details of the project, he said the portal would assist planners and decision makers by giving snapshots about current water availability, cropping pattern, progress of projects, irrigation potential utilised, gap ayacut in the command area. “It will also help farmers with advisory on cropping pattern depending on the current water availability,” Rao said.
He said details of all major and medium irrigation projects such as particulars of reservoir — command area, dynamic water spread — would be hosted under this module. All the minor irrigation tanks in the State would be geo-tagged and information about command boundary, catchment and cropped area using satellite imagery would be made available on Telangana Water Resources Information System (TWRIS).
Already 38,000 tanks were geo-tagged. The portal would also provide information about river basin, real-time water levels, inflows and outflows into river sub-basins, major tributaries, State-wise area and percentage, district-wise area of basin and sub-basins.