In the IITD Aab Prahari mobile application system, communities and individuals are provided with real-time reporting of waterlogging or waterflooding incidents on their surrounding roads and surrounding areas, by capturing the waterlogging information and uploading it to a central server. Are given.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has joined hands with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to launch a project called ‘Water Security Hub’. The project aims to develop new approaches to address the challenges and constraints of water security and sustainable development in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. The project has also launched a mobile application called IITD Aab Prahari to solve the problem of waterlogging in urban areas during monsoons.
Prof. Rangan Banerjee (Director, IIT Delhi) Ashish Kundra (IAS, Principal Secretary, Irrigation and Flood Control Department), Delhi Government and other senior officials were present on the occasion.
In the IITD Aab Prahari mobile application system, communities and individuals are facilitated to report real-time waterlogging or waterflooding incidents on their surrounding roads and surrounding areas, by capturing waterlogging information and uploading it to a central server. The information provided by citizens will help Water Security Hub researchers in effective development and deployment of early warning systems to predict urban floods through validation of their models. It aims to help the local administration so that it can take quick steps to mitigate the flood situation.
Professor AK Gosain, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi and Principal Investigator of the UKRI GCRF project said, “The IITD Aab Prahari mobile app uses a citizen science approach. This mobile application can change the way communities and governments deal with floods.”
A website named “Jalsuraksha” was also launched on this occasion. This website serves as a single platform with all the information related to the research work carried out by the Water Security Hub Team at IIT Delhi to ensure water security in NCT of Delhi. The website showcases the IIT Delhi toolbox and research products on decision support systems through a GIS-based framework. This framework addresses technical, environmental and social issues and supports policy making.
Professor Dhanya CT (Department of Civil Engineering), IIT Delhi and Principal Investigator of the Hub at IIT Delhi, explains, “Through this project, we are engaging with the Hub and other relevant stakeholders in building a system framework for planning, monitoring water resources using an integrated approach and will be evaluated.