As the influence of IoT and its diverse applications are spreading worldwide, India too has started to take these applications into consideration regarding the projects coming up in different states.
One such example is coming up soon as the state government of Telangana has decided to go Hi-Tech for their Irrigation Department.
The Irrigation department will soon go hi-tech with the setting up of Kaleswaram Decision Support System (KDSS), an Internet of Things (IoT) initiative that will facilitate easy monitoring of water levels and inflows into all major dams and reservoirs across the State including real-time alerts on these factors. This will be a first-of-its-kind initiative to be developed anywhere in the country.
The Irrigation department has decided to leverage technology to get ground-level information from reservoirs and dams. The KDSS works through sensors, and the department has already started the process of installing them in eight places. “If everything goes well, we will roll out the technology-driven initiative by April 2021 to help us deal with the situation during Kharif season,” Principal Secretary (Irrigation) Rajat Kumar said, addressing a press conference to brief about various initiatives taken as part of the reorganization of the department.
Once the central command and control center is operational, officials will receive real-time alerts about the water levels and the amount of water to be released through pumps. “We will get information on water inflows and levels on an hourly basis and based on it, we can decide on the amount of water to be released,” an official said, adding that this process would help in using electricity judiciously.
All these would be made possible with a Central Command and Control Centre being set up at Jala Soudha as part of the KDSS which would facilitate Irrigation department officials to monitor the situation in all the major reservoirs and dams and get real-time information on effective utilization of water. This will be similar to the police department’s dedicated command and control center to monitor movements through surveillance cameras installed at every corner in the city.
Rajat Kumar said that the responsibilities including delegation of restricted financial powers have been entrusted to engineers concerned after completing the process of reorganization of the department to attend to emergency works like breaches and damages to bunds, if necessary, at the water bodies.
The territorial jurisdiction has been clearly explained to officials and entrusted with the responsibility of operation and maintenance of the reservoirs and other water bodies in their jurisdiction.