Neeranchal National Watershed Project (NNWP)

NNWP is a World Bank funded and DoLR-GoI sponsored project, for a duration of 5 years (2016-17 to 2020-21). The objective of NNWP is to support primarily the Watershed Component (erstwhile IWMP) of the PMKSY through technical assistance to improve incremental conservation outcomes for the natural resources including water, soil and forests, while enhancing agricultural yields in a sustainable manner for farming communities in the nine project States (AP, Telangana, MP, Chhatisgarh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Maharastra, Odisha, Gujarat). NNWP also supports institutional strengthening for improved service delivery through capacity building of implementing organisations, adoption of effective project management practices including processes and technologies at the National, State and District levels.

NNWP will assist in scientific hydrological assessment and planning of watershed projects, through identification of water surplus and deficient areas, catchment prioritization, improved identification of water harvesting potential, planning for optimal water availability and use in rainfed areas and application of innovative tools for community water budgeting and management.

The objectives for which a component of the NNWP was assigned to NIH are:

  1. Develop and pilot a DSS-Hydrology to implement the Watershed Component of PMKSY at landscape, expanded sub-watershed and micro-watershed levels in selected project areas in 9 States.
  2. Develop tools and systems to help all stakeholders to make better water management decisions during watershed planning and post implementation.
  3. Technical backstopping to States for urban watershed management.
  4. Conduct capacity building programs for the stakeholders.

The major project deliverable i.e. DSS-H shall address the following five components:

  1. Water availability and demand planning;
  2. Selection of suitable sites and structures for water harvesting and water conservation;
  3. Improved hydrological information to support integrated watershed planning;
  4. Assessment of investment requirements based on water availability; and
  5. Handholding support for hydrological inputs to DPR& DIPs.

A two-day workshop on “Warming up and Needs Assessment” was held at NIH Roorkee, during February 27-28, 2017. The workshop was attended by officers from the State Level Nodal Agencies (SLNA) under Neeranchal project (except Jharkhand), officials from The World Bank, Scientists of NIH from headquarters and regional centres (Bhopal, Kakinada, Belgaum and Patna) and young professionals recruited under NNWP at NIH.

Presently, stakeholders’ consultation workshops on “DSS(H): Deliberating Modules and Database” are being organized in the 9 participating States. The major objective of these workshops is to obtain the feedback and suggestions of the SLNAs on the draft structure of the DSS(H) prepared by the NIH team.

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