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Govt launches heli-borne survey tech for groundwater management

Govt launches heli-borne survey tech for groundwater management
Submitted by Tanveer Padode on October 26, 2021

Minister of State Science and Technology Jitendra Singh, Minister of State Earth Sciences, Minister of State Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, have launched CSIR-NGRI Hyderabad's state-of-the-art Heli-borne survey technology for groundwater management.

To begin, the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, and Haryana are being surveyed by helicopter, with the first flight taking place today in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Jitendra Singh, who spoke at the event, said that the CSIR's water technologies, which range from source detection to water treatment, will benefit millions of people across the country and will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi achieve his Har Ghar Nal Se Jal and doubling farmers' income goals.

Singh said the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is using cutting-edge technology to map groundwater sources in arid regions and thus aid in the use of groundwater for drinking purposes.

Singh said that the CSIR's technological wealth will be a great asset for the Ministry of Jal Shakti's various programmes and that now is the right time to join hands to tackle the country's larger challenges in the water sector. In the presence of Minister of Jal Shakti Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, spoke after the inauguration of the Heli-Borne Survey for Groundwater Management in Arid Regions in Jodhpur.

CSIR and the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) have undertaken High-Resolution Aquifer Mapping and Management in Arid Regions of North-Western India to supplement groundwater resources, according to Dr Jitendra Singh.

Jitendra Singh informed that the project's goal is to map potential groundwater sources and manage them to provide safe drinking water to millions of people living in our country's water-scarce arid regions. As part of the National Aquifer Mapping Project, this is a Rs 150 crore mega project that will be implemented in two phases in collaboration with the Ministry of Jal Shakti. This project is expected to give the CSIR a high level of visibility in the implementation of the Government of India's most ambitious project, the Jal Jeevan Mission.