The government has set up a central body – National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC) – to maintain a comprehensive water resources data.
About National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC) :-
- It will be a single window source of updated data on water resources in India.
- The NWIC will also collaborate with leading national and international research institutes to provide technical support to central and state organisations dealing with water emergency response of hydrological extremes.
- The NWIC will work under the Union water resources ministry as its subordinate office. It’ll be headed by a joint secretary level officer.
According to Union Cabinet For Management of Water Resources :-
- Since scientific data is needed to take any decision, the Union cabinet had recently approved setting up such a body which can provide value-added products and services to all stakeholders for management and sustainable development of water resources in the country.
- Availability of updated data is, in fact, a prerequisite for scientific assessment, monitoring, modelling, Decision Support System (DSS) and integrated water resource management in the country.
- The management of water resources is a highly complex and tedious task that involves the expertise in multi-disciplinary domains. It also depends on historical and real-time reliable data and information.
- For this, the first requirement is to develop, maintain and update regularly a comprehensive ‘Water Resources Information System’ (WRIS) in public domain for awareness and involvement of all concerned for effective integrated water resources management.