The Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) is all set for a flood forecasting and integrated water resources management programme with a view to optimise the resources for a particular region or area. This programme is expected to reduce the reliance on crisis management as was done during the summer months for Latur, said director of CWPRS Dr MK Sinha on the sidelines of unveiling the centenary celebrations of the CWPRS, which will see an open house and several programmes on June 14. He said that the programme is part of the National Hydropower project, which is a Rs 3,679 crore outlay undertaken with 50 per cent funding from the World Bank.
The CWPRS, which caters to research and development needs for design of water resource structures, such as bridges dams, ports, and hydropower generation, will complete 100 years of its existence on June 14.
The Director, CWPRS, said a series of activities have been planned as a part of the centenary celebrations starting with the Open House for public and engineering students on June 14 at which 17 life-size models would be displayed. He further added that almost all irrigation, hydropower, water supply, navigation and port projects in the country have imprints of the institution. “At least 5,397 research studies and technical reports have been done which have contributed immensely to nation building, out of which 25 studies have physical models demonstrating them in CWPRS’s premises at Khadakwasla,’’ he said.
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The organisation has taken up inter-linking of canals and integration of rivers apart from the National Hydropower Project, and is keen to work on the traditional water technology in view of the water situation. The other programmes for the centenary celebrations include a national discussion on environment and water in association with National Water Mission on July 1, while the main centenary celebrations from September 29 to October 1 will be attended by the Vice President, which would see the inauguration of the centenary complex. An ‘isSeminar’ on national hydrology project would also be held during this period. A workshop has also been organised to deliberate on the future role of CWPRS and will be attended by all client organizations who will give feedback.
A 22-minute documentary film on the organisation titled ‘CWPRS-avirat, athak and atulya’ would be telecast on Doordarshan on June 14, while a coffee table book, ‘CWPRS-100 years of service to Nation though Research’, would be released in September.