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National Water Informatics Centre
The availability of reliable and up-to-date water data is essential for efficient management of water resources of the country. With the purpose to have a central repository of nation-wide water resource data, NWIC was setup by Government on 28th March, 2018 as a Subordinate Office of the Department. The Centre is headed by Director NWIC [ a Joint Secretary Level officer]
The primary roles and responsibilities of NWIC are to:
Maintain, update, collate and disseminate water resources data and information on a GIS platform;
Share Hydro-meteorological data amongst Centre and State Government Organisations, research institutes and general public;
Develop decision support systems and provide inputs for planning and decision making;
After its setting up, the Centre has been acting a single window solution for comprehensive and consistent data on country’s water resources & allied themes for planning, development and management of water resources of the country. Two platforms have been setup by the Centre for water data collection, storage and dissemination: -
Water Information Management System (WIMS): - This is a centralised data aggregating platform for collection of regular time-series data for ground water and surface water resources through telemetry sensors, and through web-based input facility from different data points spread across the country. Almost all central and state agencies are sharing their time series data on river level, discharge, reservoir level, ground water level, surface and ground water quality etc. on the platform.
Water Resources Information System (India-WRIS): - This is a GIS enabled platform for display and dissemination of water resources information through a web enabled publicly accessible open platform “indiawris.gov.in”. The data collected through WIMS along-with other semi-dynamic and static data on water resources and allied theses is displayed on the portal in 112 GIS layers. The time-series/dynamic data such as rainfall, river water levels and discharge, ground water levels, water quality and soil moisture etc. is displayed through maps and dashboard on near real time basis on the portal. Information on other hydro-meteorological and allied themes is also displayed on a GIS framework for easy understanding of users.