Call to utilise reservoirs for effective flood management

  • | Saturday | 15th September, 2018

The idea of transforming reservoirs for the twin task of water storage and flood management was unanimously endorsed by the panellists. They observed that the management of reservoirs and dams, at present used only for water storage, could be improved to address flood hazards. He also observed that the Idukki dam management system was quite satisfactory with its good decision support system. He pointed out that a change in the existing status of reservoirs from water storage structures to flood management zones was the best possible alternative to address future challenges. Goel, scientist and head, Jammu Centre of the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, said the judicious control of water levels in reservoirs based on actual conservation needs was the best possible intervention for effective flood management.

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