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NIH REGIONAL CENTRES

Centres for Flood Management Studies and Regional Centres

To deal with specific hydrological problems in different regions of the country and for having an effective interaction with the States, the Institute has established two Centres for Flood Management Studies and four Regional Centres.

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Centre for Flood Management Studies, Guwahati
Dr C K Jain Dr. C. K. Jain
Scientist-G & Coordinator
National Institute of Hydrology
Centre for Flood Management Studies (Brahmputra)
G.S. road, Sapta Sahid Path
Mathura nagar, Dispur, Guwahati - 781 006 (ASSAM)
Phone : 01332 - 272860, 249203 / 0361 - 2331150
Fax     : 01332 - 272123 / 0361 - 2228823
Email: ckjain[at]nih.ernet.in

 

Scientific Strength

Name

Phone

Email

Dr. S K Sharma 0361 – 2331150 sksharma[at]nih.ernet.in
Shri Gulshan Tirkey

 

The Vision of the Centre

The North Eastern Regional Centre (NERC), Guwahati catering for the seven North-East states, Sikkim and parts of West Bengal (Teestha basin) was established in August 1988 at Guwahati and was working for various water resources problems of the region. Considering flood as the major problem in the region, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India decided to focus the activities of the centre towards the problem of floods in the Brahmaputra basin and renamed it as “NIH Centre for Flood Management Studies”. As per the action plan, the centre is to work in thrust areas of research like flood estimation and routing; structural/non-structural measures for flood management; iii) Integrated watershed management for flood control; iv) Hydrological data base management system; v) Drainage congestion and erosion problems; vi) Water quality problems; vii) Socio-economic aspect of flood disaster and; viii) Technology transfer. The centre has got long term ongoing program of representative basin studies and has since procured advanced software for flood studies and packages for GIS in which the scientists are trained/being trained. However, the centre needs reinforcement of manpower and other infrastructural facilities to address the huge water resources problems of the region, it should.

 

R&D work

The centre is engaged in modelling non-point source pollution, flash flood studies (Jiadhal Basin), Flood plain zoning/flood hazard mapping of rivers of Arunachal Pradesh, phytoremediation: a plant based technology to clean-up the environment and design of rain guage station network for Arunachal Pradesh. The centre has contributions in publishing a book, five papers in international journals, one paper in national journal, one paper in international conference and nine papers in national conferences. Moreover, it conducted one technology transfer activity and organized six mass awareness activities in different districts of Assam.

 

Interaction with other organizations

In connection of the centre`s activities, there have been continuous interaction with different state/central agencies, academic institutions like Brahmaputra Board, CWC, CGWB, IIT for base line information/data, research orientation, state water resource organizations for field logistics and existing data base, other academic institutions for technology transfer and mass awareness program. The centre also actively participated in the meetings of the Climate and Glacier Commission, Govt of Sikkim and submitted a modified chapter on ‘Hydro-Meteorological Observations and Modelling of Glacierized Basins’ for inclusion in the report of the Commission. The chapter includes details of meteorological parameters and discharge measurement techniques along with modelling basics and data requirements.

Centre for Flood Management Studies, Patna
Er. B. Chakraborty Dr. Rakesh Kumar
Scientist-G & Coordinator
Surface Water Hydrology Division
National Institute of Hydrology
Roorkee – 247667 (Uttarakhand), India
Ph: 01332-249205, 275645
Fax: 01332-272123, Email: rakesh@nih.ernet.in
Er. B. Chakraborty Er. B. Chakraborty
Scientist-F & Head
National Institute of Hydrology
Centre for Flood Management Studies (Ganga)
WALMI Complex, Phulwari Sharif, P.O. Khagaul, Patna - 801 505 (Bihar)
Phone : 0612 - 2452219, Fax : 0612 - 2452227
Email: chakraborty[at]nih.ernet.in

Scientific Strength

Name

Phone

Email

Shri B Chakraborty

0612 - 2452219

chakraborty[at]nih.ernet.in

Shri Pankaj Mani

0612 - 2452219

pmani[at]nih.ernet.in

Shri N G Pandey

0612 - 2452219

ngpandey[at]nih.ernet.in

Shri S R Kumar

0612 - 2452219

srkumar[at]nih.ernet.in

 

Vision of the Centre

The Centre is mainly focusing on flood related studies of the region covering eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The broad objectives envisaged by the Centre are: (i) to undertake strategic and adaptive research activities related to flood management for the Ganga basin, (ii) to advise different Government organizations dealing with hydrology and water resources about the technological advancement in flood management and (iii) technology transfer activities about the advancement in flood management.

The Centre has been carrying out research in different aspects of flood management and other hydrological studies since its inception, as per the work programme approved by the Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) of the Centre. Over the years, the Scientists of the centre have developed the expertise to deal with various hydrological problem of the region. Some of the areas are: i) Flood estimation and flood forecasting: development of regional flood formulae for small catchments of Bihar and Jharkhand, flood estimation by GIS based GIUH approach for Ajay basin of Jharkhand, development of real-time flood forecasting model for Ajay basin, characteristics of short interval rainfall etc.; ii) Flood hazard mapping and flood risk zoning for a reach of river Ganga between Buxor to Mokama; iii) Study of shifting characteristics of river Ganga between Ara and Patna using remote Sensing data; iv) Water logging and drainage congestion studies for lower Gandak basin, development of management model for waterlogging and drainage congestion problem of Mokama group of Tals; v) Application of ANN techniques in flood forecasting; vi) Dam break analysis and flood inundation study of Mithon and Panchet dam; vii) Lab studies of the soils of Central Bihar; viii) Application of remote sensing and GIS in flood management; and  x) Urban hydrology study of Patna etc.

R&D work

The centre is engaged in (i) Flood hazard mapping and flood risk zoning for a reach of river Ganga between Buxor to Mokama by using MIKE FLOOD software, (ii) Purpose driven study of Storm water management in Otteri Nullah sub basin, Chennai Corporation under HP-II and (iii) Shifting characteristics of river Kosi and Bagmati.

Interaction with other organizations

The centre is interacting with the Central Water Commission, Ganga Flood Control Commission and Water Resouces Department, Govt. of Bihar for obtaining hydrological data and sharing the outcome of the studies. As a part of technology transfer, training on state of art softwares like MIKE 11 and MIKE Flood are organized from time to time for WRD officials of Govt. of Bihar. The centre is engaged in one purpose driven studie – Storm water management in Otteri Nullah sub basin, Chennai Corporation for which the officials of State Ground and Surface Water Resources Data Centre, PWD, Govt. of Tamilnadu are associated.

Hard Rock Regional Centre, Belgaum

Dr.Sudhir Kumar Dr. Sudhir Kumar
Scientist-G & Coordinator
National Institute of Hydrology
Roorkee – 247667 (Uttarakhand), India
Phone: 01332-249212, 249308
TeleFax: 01332-275969, Email: skumar[at]nih.ernet.in
Dr B. Venkatesh Dr. B. Venkatesh
Scientist-F & Head
National Institute of Hydrology
Hard Rock Regional Centre
Ist Main II Cross, Hanuman Nagar,
Race Course, Belgaum-590001 (Karnataka)
Phone : 0831 - 2447714, Fax : 0831 – 2447269
Email: venkatesh[at]nih.ernet.in
HRRC Belgaum - Brochure(Download PDF)

Scientific Strength

Name

Phone

Email

Shri B Venkatesh

0831 - 2447714

venkatesh[at]nih.ernet.in

Dr. Chandra Mohan T

0831 - 2447714

cmohan[at]nih.ernet.in

Dr. B K Purendara

0831 - 2447714

purandara[at]nih.ernet.in

Dr. Mathewkutty Jose

0831 - 2447714

jose[at]nih.ernet.in

 

The Vision of the Regional Centre

About 67% of India is occupied by hard rock terrain. This region is frequently experience drought and at times flood. The ground water is one of the most depended water resources in the region. Over last decade, the usage of ground water has increased exponentially causing the lowering of water level. On the other hand, increased anthropogenic activities in region has resulted in a dramatic changes in the land use and land cover.  This has strongly affected the water availability of the region. These problems are further complicated by the changes observed in the rainfall and meteorological parameters over the region. In order to study the effect of these changes on the water availability of the hard rock region, the following are the thrust areas, viz., forest hydrology, groundwater, and water logging and salinity studies being focused. However, looking at the present and future need of the region, drought studies, urban hydrology and the impacts of climate change on water resources sector were added. Apart from this, technology transfer activities, extension services/mass awareness programmes, infrastructure development, improvement of laboratories and establishment of experimental watersheds/plots were given importance in the future plans of the Centre.

R&D work

The regional centre is actively involved in conducting field based studies for many years. In continuation of its previous efforts to generate the first hand data for inferring more insight into the problem, the regional centre is engaged in many research studies such as Basin Level Planning of Manimanla River Basin in Kerala, Estimation of Environmental Flow Requirement of Bhadra River in Karantaka and Assesment of Efficacy of Artificial Recharge Structure in augmenting the ground water in semi-arid zone of Karnataka.

Keeping in view of growing problem of water deficit in the region, which is compounded by the present problem of climate change, it is imperative to assess the possible impact of climate change on the water resources of the region. In order to meet this objective, a study has been proposed to carry out the analysis of climate change and its impact on the water availability in the Western Ghat region of India.

Interaction with other organizations

The Regional Centre collaboratively taken-up a Purpose Driven Study (PDS)) with Kerala Irrigation and Ground Water departments to assess the water quality over entire state. Also, a PDS study is being proposed along with Karnataka State Water Resource Development Organization for optimizing the Stream Gauge Network in Karnataka. In addition to these PDS studies, the regional Centre is actively engaged with the DST to study the impact of land cover changes on water balance component of forested watersheds in Western Ghats. The Following departments are regularly interactingf with the Regional Centre for conducting studies on hydrological problems of the region and for exchanging information and data: Karnataka Irrigation Department, APERL Hyderabd, Maharashtra Irrigation Department, Ground Water Department Tamilnadu, Institute of Water Studies Taramani, Chennai, University of Agricultural Sciences Dharwad, AP Irrigation Department, CWC Hyderabd, Ground Water Department Hyderabd, NRDMS Belgaum, CGWB, Department of Mines and Geology, GIT Belgaum, KLES CET Belgaum, KREC Mangalore, WALMI Dharwad, Karnataka University, Dharwar, SDMEC Dharwad. GSDA Pune, KPCL, etc.

Western Himalayan Regional Centre, Jammu
Dr Sharad K Jain Dr. S. K. Jain
Scientist-G & Coordinator
National Institute of Hydrology
Western Himalayan Regional Centre
Satwari, Opp. Military Hospital
Jammu Cantt - 180 003 (J & K)
Ph: 01332-249202
Email: skj[at]nih.ernet.in
Dr M K Goel Dr. M. K. Goel
Scientist-F & Head
National Institute of Hydrology
Western Himalayan Regional Centre
Satwari, Opp. Military Hospital
Jammu Cantt - 180 003 (J & K)
Phone:01332-249262
Fax: 01332-272123, 0191-2450117
Email : mkg[at]nih.ernet.in
WHRC Jammu - Brochure(Download PDF)

 

Name

Phone

Email

Dr.Soban Singh Rawat
Dr.Pottakkal George Jose
Shri Pradeep Kumar 09205008128 pradeep[at]nih.ernet.in

Vision of the Centre

In view of the hydrological problems in the western Himalayan region, it is envisaged to carry out the future studies in the areas of a) Assessment of impact of climate change on hydrological variables, b) Analysis and design of hydrological network, c) Long-term hydrological data generation in selected climatic regimes, d) Lake hydrology studies, e) Monitoring and modelling of hydrological characteristics of glaciers and change estimation of selected glaciers in distinct climatological regimes of western Himalayas, f) Snow cover monitoring and snowmelt modeling studies, g) Water quality studies, h) Prioritization of catchments for sedimentation treatment using GIS, i) Water resources management aspects in Kandi belt, j) Analysis of extreme hydrological events, and k) Technology transfer and mass awareness.

R&D work

The R&D studies undergoing at the Centre include cryospheric system studies and runoff modeling of Ganglass catchment, Leh, Ladakh Range, Glaciological studies of Phuche glacier, Ladakh Range, and  Trend Analysis of Hydrological Variables in Western Himalayan Region – Phase I (Jammu & Kashmir). Considerable efforts are being made to study the hydrological characteristics of glaciers in the Ladakh region. Impact of climate change on the Himalayan glaciers is also being analyzed through glacier change studies. Further, studies are also in progress to estimate the trend of hydrological variables (say, rainfall, runoff etc.) in different parts of the region.

Interaction with other organizations

Active interactions with the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Jammu; Directorate of Environment and Remote Sensing, Jammu/Srinagar; different Departments of the Jammu University, Jammu; Geology Department of the Kashmir University, Srinagar; Ladakh Hill Council, Leh, Ladakh; and Agriculture Department, Hamirpur, H.P.

 

Deltaic Regional Centre, Kakinada
Dr JaivirTyagi Dr. J. V. Tyagi
Scientist-G & Coordinator
National Institute of Hydrology
Deltaic Regional Centre
Siddhartha Nagar, Kakinada - 533 003 (AP)
Ph: 01332-249211
Fax: 01332-272123
Email: tyagi@nih.ernet.in
Dr Y. R. S. Rao Dr. Y. R. S. Rao
Scientist-F & Head
National Institute of Hydrology
Deltaic Regional Centre
Siddhartha Nagar, Kakinada - 533 003 (AP)
Phone: 0884-2372254
Fax : 0884-2350054
Email : yrsrao[at]nih.ernet.in

Scientific Strength

Name

Phone

Email

Dr. Y R S Rao

0884-2372254

yrsrao[at]nih.ernet.in

Shri S V Vijay Kumar

0884-2372254

vijayakumar[at]nih.ernet.in

Shri V S Jayakanthan

0884-2372254

jayakanthan[at]nih.ernet.in

Dr. P.C. Nayak

0884-2372254

nayak[at]nih.ernet.in

Shri R Venkataraman

0884-???

vramana[at]nih.ernet.in

 

The vision of the Centre

East Coast is rich in water resources than the West Coast due to excess precipitation and a massive river runoff (river delta system). Approximately 25 km width of the east coast of India is vulnerable to the cyclones hazard and the risk is particularly severe at the mouths of rivers and estuaries. On an average, four severe cyclonic storms form in the Bay of Bengal every year. Due to cyclones and floods the coastal areas are frequently inundated, thus causing loss of crops, human lives etc. Groundwater problems are also significant in coastal areas apart from the surface water problems. The backwater through the streams and rivers, aquaculture practices, excessive pumping of groundwater are the main sources of salinity contamination in the shallow aquifers. Other than the salinity, the ground and surface water is also deteriorating due to industrial effluents, poorly treated sewage, irrigation return flows, and unsatisfactory household and community sanitary conditions. Therefore few thrust areas have been identified after interacting with various water resources agencies in the region. The main thrust areas are: Urban Hydrology, Real time flood Forecasting, Impact of climate change on river flows, Flash floods in ungauged basins, Sedimentation of reservoirs, point and non point groundwater source contamination, Saltwater intrusion modelling, Time series and Rainfall-Runoff modelling. The centre is also equipped with soil and water quality laboratory, GIS and Remote sensing tools and other hydrological software’s for analyzing field problems.

 

R&D work

The deltaic regional centre is working on demand driven R&D studies referred by various state govt., departments. As a part of ongoing Hydrology Project II, purpose driven study titled “Urban hydrology of Chennai city” is initiated in collaboration with PWD, Govt. of Tamilnadu. This centre is also working on other projects titled Spatial and Temporal Hydrological Aspects on Water Resources of Kakinada City, Study on Pre and Post project Scenarios and IWRM under Pushkar Canal Command Area in Andhra Pradesh, Impact Assessment of Climate Change on hydrological regime in Sabari sub-basin, Godavari river system, status report on salinity ingress in the coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu and Groundwater Modeling of Puri City, Orissa as referred by various govt., agencies.


Interaction with other organizations

The centre is actively participating in various review meetings of state water resources departments and also actively interacting with academic institutions like Andhra University, IIT Chennai, NIT Warangal, Agricultural University, Bapatla, NGRI on various capacities. Further, the centre is imparting training on SWDES and HYMOS software under ongoing Hydrology Project II. Various training workshops were organized by this centre on the request of various agencies on specialized topics. Expert opinions and guidance were also provided to Vizag steel plant, Reliance Energy, GMR groups etc.

Ganga Plains South Regional Centre, Bhopal
Dr N. C. Ghosh Dr. N. C. Ghosh
Scientist-G & Coordinator
National Institute of Hydrology
Ganga Plains South Regional Centre
WALMI CAMPUS
Bhopal - 462 016 (M.P.)
Ph: 01332-249204, 272718
Fax: 01332-272123
Email: ncg@nih.ernet.in
  Er. T. R. Nayak
Scientist-E & Head
National Institute of Hydrology
Ganga Plains South Regional Centre
WALMI CAMPUS
Post Office- Ravi Shankar Nagar
Bhopal - 462 016 (M.P.)

 

Scientific Strength

Name

Phone

Email

Shri T R Nayak

07582-237347

trnayak[at]nih.ernet.in

Shri R V Galkate

07582-237347

galkate[at]nih.ernet.in

Shri T Thomas

07582-237347

thomas[at]nih.ernet.in

Shri R K Jaiswal

07582-237347

jaiswal[at]nih.ernet.in

 

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.

 

R&D work  

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.