The vision of the Regional Centre
The Jurisdiction of the GPSRC,Bhopal is major part of Madhya Pradesh, southern part of Uttar Pradesh, southeast Rajasthan, northern Chhattisgarh and south-west part of Bihar. The economy of these areas is primarily dependent on rainfed agriculture. The lack of appropriate water resource management, degraded watersheds, recurrent droughts, excessive soil erosion, groundwater depletion, deterioration of water quality and reduction of forest cover have given rise to inadequate water availability, reduced the crop yield and exacerbated poverty in this region. Under those circumstances; sustainable management of water resource including its quality is one of the key challenges in the R & D activities. The centre is thus aimed at to carry out its scientific researches to develop appropriate methods and methodologies for sustainable management of water resources and drought management in the drought prone regions under its jurisdiction. The centre has also focused its research studies in areas related to impacts of climate change on water resources in river basins in Central India.
The Regional Centre is involved in conducting various in-house research studies and sponsored projects on drought management, river basin management, demand-supply analysis, reservoir sedimentation and management, command area management and catchment treatment plans using advanced hydrological techniques and softwares.
Interaction with other organizations
The Regional Centre has taken up drought management study on Bundelkhand region comprising of 13 districts covering Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The Centre is currently pursuing World Bank sponsored two purpose driven studies under Hydrology Project-II in collaboration with Water Resources Department, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Raipur; out of which, One is on supply-demand analysis in Kharun river basin and the other one is on reservoir sedimentation in Kodar reservoir in Chhattisgarh. The Regional Centre is also involved in development of Decision Support System (DSS) for Madhya Pradesh state under Hydrology Project Phase II. The Centre is also involved in organizing training programs for officials of MP and Chhattisgarh state under the Institue’s technology transfer activities. The activities of the centre follow a close interaction with state and different central agencies such as, CGWB, CWC, NCA, PHE, WALMI, etc.