27 Jun Ashvani Gosain
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Ashvani Kumar Gosain, Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at IIT Delhi, has made a significant contribution to the NATCOM – the National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). His recent assignments include the formulation of the Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP), of which he was the Team Leader of the Water Resources Management group. He has also been engaged by the Delhi Government to formulate the Drainage Master Plan in Delhi, and is part of the expert committees appointed by the National Green Tribunal to suggest solutions to deal with the ever-increasing pollution levels in the Yamuna River. Prof Gosain has served as Head of the Civil Engineering Department and the Computer Services Centre of IIT Delhi. Presently, he is also coordinator of the Centre of Excellence for eWater, formulated recently under the MoU with eWater, Australia.
Keynote presentation: Integrated River Basin Management Plan for Ganga
National Water Policy emphasizes on the need to formulate river basin management plans. First such initiative was taken up for formulation of Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP) through the consortium of IITs
The spatial and temporal assessment of the water resources availability is a very exhaustive exercise because of the inherent natural variability as well as the human development of water resources in the form of small, medium and large-scale diversion and storage projects and the groundwater development. All these manmade interventions have some impact on the hydrology of the drainage area. Therefore it is imperative to use mechanism to evaluate this very complex cause and effect relationship between all these entities so as to arrive at tradeoffs for better management of the water resources.
Hydrologic modeling of the Ganga Basin has been undertaken using the SWAT model and MODFLOW has been deployed for the groundwater modeling. The models have been calibrated and validated using the observations under the present conditions. The validated models have been used to simulate the conditions that would have prevailed under the pre-development era. The generated information is an asset for water resources planning and management through the system analysis; monitoring and evaluation for the hydrological health of the system and also for formulating policy instruments through the generation of a range of plausible scenarios.
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