Speakers Bio & Abstract

MK Srinivas Chief Engineer
National Water Development Agency

BiographyShri M K Srinivas graduated in Civil engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad and did his Masters degree from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He joined the Central Water Engineering Service in 1988 as Assistant Director. He has over 28 years of experience in the field of Water Resources Development and Management. He has held various positions as Deputy Director, Director and Chief Engineer and worked in various areas such as Hydrometry, Flood Forecasting, Flood management, Hydrological Data Processing, Project Appraisal and Project Monitoring. He also worked as Director in the National Water Academy for about 5 years. Presently he is working as Chief Engineer of the Southern Region of National Water Development Agency entrusted with the responsibility of preparation of Detailed Project Reports for the various links of the Interlinking of rivers programme. He has authored about 30 technical papers which were presented in various International and National events. He visited countries like USA, UK and Nepal for conferences and meetings.Abstract Sustainable Development in Tribal areas of Gujarat through Par-Tapi-Narmada link project- Application of Geoinformatics Inter Basin water transfer (IBWT) from surplus river basins to deficit areas is needed in our country to provide safe drinking water to people, create irrigation potential for increasing the food grain production, mitigate floods and droughts and reduce regional imbalance in the availability of water. Brahmaputra and Ganga particularly their northern tributaries, Mahanadi, Godavari and West Flowing Rivers originating from the Western Ghats are found to be surplus in water resources. If storages can be build on these rivers and then connected to other parts of the country, regional imbalances could be reduced significantly and lot of benefits by way of additional irrigation, domestic and industrial water supply, hydropower generation, navigational facilities etc. would accrue. The National Perspective Plan (NPP) of Government of India aims at achieving this goal.
This presentation deals with the application Geospatial technology in identifying tribal areas in Gujarat which can be provided with drinking water as well as water for Irrigation purposes through Par-Tapi-Narmada link project which is one of the links as per the NPP. This link envisages transfer of the surplus water of West flowing Par, Auranga, Ambica and Purna river basins of South Gujarat and Maharashtra to tribal areas in north Gujarat and in drought affected Saurashtra region by substitution. The Par – Tapi – Narmada link project will also provide water for irrigation and drinking purposes en route. GIS based studies have been extensively carried out in identifying the tribal areas for which water can be provided either by gravity or by pumping. Simulation studies have been carried out to maximize the benefits to the tribal population.