Install latest warning systems to check floods

New Delhi, Jan 18 | Updated: Jan 19 2007, 05:30am hrs
The task force on flood management and erosion control has recommended that the operation rules for reservoirs for irrigation and power generation should be framed in such a way that effective flood moderation becomes feasible.

The flood management benefit can be enhanced by installing modern and effective forecasting and warning network in the catchment areas. It will allow optimum moderation of the anticipated flood peaks by effective reservoir management. Reservoir management comes under the jurisdiction of concerned state. Central Water Commission (CWC) can issues inflow forecast for selected reservoirs on the request of state governments, the panel report said. The panel submitted its report to the ministry for water resources on Thursday, according to an official press release. According to the revised National Water Policy there should be a Master Plan for flood control and management for each flood prone basin.

It has suggested to states that adequate flood cushion should be provided in water storage projects, to facilitate better flood management. In highly flood prone areas, flood control should be given overriding consideration in reservoir regulation policy.