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Bangalore firm to create an infobase on river linking

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Information will help in making intelligent decisions on networking of rivers


  • Interlinking rivers expected to result in 15,000 km of national waterways
  • Power generation capacity likely to increase by 60,000 MW
  • Rs. 5.53 lakh crores investment needed for project

    BANGALORE: When the proposed interlinking of the major rivers in the country becomes a reality, a Bangalore-based "knowledge integration company" would have played an important role.

    The National Waterways Development Council, headed by A.C. Kamaraj, will appoint Nandaki Systems as Programme Managers for building the initial information base. This information will help in making intelligent decisions on networking of rivers, Mr. Kamaraj said here on Tuesday.

    "Economic feasibility will be an important factor of the information generated. The entire process of planning, budgeting and financial control, generation of funds and their use and public accountability will be through advanced enterprise resource planning systems," he said.

    Information will be generated about the geographical feasibility too — prioritisation of land to be acquired, flood control benefits and other data through Geographical Information Systems.

    There will be commercial feasibility data. Industry will be involved, making transportation, power generation and commercial irrigation, besides waterways navigation a value proposition from the commercial angle.

    The river networking is expected to result in 15,000 km of national waterways, through which transportation is possible with 10 per cent consumption of petroleum products as compared to other modes of transport. Besides an estimated saving in power 40,000 MW — since no pumping of water will be necessary — power generation capacity is likely to increase by 60,000 MW, Mr. Kamaraj said.

    Nandaki Systems will collate information related to project management, with technology from around the world. There will also be a performance management component through implementation of a portal management system and knowledge management system.

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