M K Srinivas Chief Engineer, National Water Development Agency


M K Srinivas graduated in Civil engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad and did his Masters degree from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He joined the Central Water Engineering Service in 1988 as Assistant Director. He has over 27 years of experience in the field of Water Resources Development and Management. He has held various positions as Deputy Director, Director and Chief Engineer and worked in various areas such as Hydrometry, Flood Forecasting, Flood management, Hydrological Data Processing, Project Appraisal and Project Monitoring. He also worked as Director in the National Water Academy for about 5 years. Presently he is working as Chief Engineer of the Southern Region of National Water Development Agency entrusted with the responsibility of preparation of Detailed Project Reports for the various links of the Interlinking of rivers programme.


One of the most effective ways to increase the irrigation potential for increasing the food grain production, mitigate floods and droughts and reduce regional imbalance in the availability of water is the Inter Basin Water Transfer (IBWT) from the surplus rivers to deficit areas. Brahmaputra and Ganga particularly their northern tributaries, Mahanadi, Godavari and West Flowing Rivers originating from the Western Ghats are found to be surplus in water resources. If we can build storage reservoirs on these rivers and connect them to other parts of the country, regional imbalances could be reduced and benefits by way of additional irrigation, domestic and industrial water supply, hydropower generation, navigational facilities etc. would accrue. The National Perspective Plan (NPP) of Government of India aims at achieving this goal. Par-Tapi-Narmada link is one of the links of the Peninsular Component of the NPP. This presentation deals with the application Geospatial technology in preparation of the Detailed Project report for Par-Tapi-Narmada link which envisages transfer of the surplus water of West flowing Par, Auranga, Ambica and Purna river basins of South Gujarat and Maharashtra to north Gujarat for utilisation in drought affected Saurashtra region by substitution. The Par – Tapi – Narmada link project will provide water for irrigation and drinking purposes en route and take over the part command area of existing Miyagam Branch Canal of Narmada Canal System. The Narmada water so saved in Sardar Sarovar Project would be utilised in Saurashtra region of Gujarat by substitution through Narmada Canal System to meet irrigation, domestic and other requirements.