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CWC unable to forecast floods as 60% telemetry stations out of order: CAG

Telemetry stations collect data at remote or inaccessible points

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

CWC unable to forecast floods as 60% telemetry stations out of order: CAG

Nearly 60 per cent of the 375 set up between 1997 and 2016 are non- operational which "defeats" the purpose of investing in modernisation of network, a report has said.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report tabled in Parliament on Friday said the Central Water Commission (CWC) has to depend on manual collection of data for as the are non-operational.


It said the stations were non-functional due to various reasons such as equipment theft, dismantling due to inadequate security and non-installation of radar sensors/bubbler.

collect data at remote or inaccessible points and transmit them to receiving equipment for monitoring.

"Scrutiny of records at the Ministry of Water Resources revealed that out of 375 for which information was made available by the ministry, 222 were non-operational," the said.

As a result, real time data was not available, it said.

The stations were non-operational during different periods, stretching from June 2007 to March 2016.

The affected divisions included: Upper Yamuna, Himalayan Ganga-II (Lucknow), Middle Ganga (Varanasi), Middle Ganga-IV and V (Patna), Middle Brahmaputra (Guwahati), Lower Brahmaputra (Jalpaiguri), Krishna and Coordination Circle (Hyderabad), (Chennai) and Tapi (Surat).

The noted data was used in a formulation of only after comparing the telemetry data with manually observed information.

"In the case of mismatch of information between the two sets of data, the manual data was adopted," the auditor general added.

Thus, the did not depend on telemetry data even after investing in the modernisation of telemetry station network for nearly 20 years, it said.

"This defeated the purpose of establishment of the equipment for meeting the requirement of real time data collection, its transmission and formulation," the said.

It said the ministry has told the that efforts are being made to make functional at the earliest.

The has recommended the to devise a time-bound action plan to operationalise the stations.

First Published: Sun, July 23 2017. 13:47 IST
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