Highlights for the month of NOVEMBER 2017

1.  IMPORTANT  POLICY DECISIONS TAKEN AND MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS DURING THE MONTH:


  • (a)     Significant Findings from Aquifer Mapping Investigations:
      • Auto flow zones have been encountered in the depth range of 140 to 289m bgl in Sandstone aquifer in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan.  aquifer. The two exploratory wells constructed at Shekhon ka Tala (Depth-292m) and Ghantiyali (depth- 267m) have yielded discharge of 100 and 90 lpm respectively with piezometric head of 2m agl in both the sites. The ground water quality of these wells is moderately good with TDS value ranging from 2000 ppm to 3300 ppm as compared to ground water quality generally occurring in the area having more than 4000 TDS.

     

    PIC 1: Autoflow Well at Shekhon ka Tala, Jaisalmer (TDS: 2000 ppm)

    PIC 2: Autoflow Well at Ghantiyali, Jaisalmer ( TDS: 3300 ppm)

    A potential fresh water aquifer has been discovered in predominantly ground water saline areas of Rajasthan where an exploratory well of 130 m depth in Quartzite/ slate stones has yielded fresh (TDS 415 ppm) ground water of 720 lpm discharge from fracture zones encountered at a depth range of 112 m which is considered quite high in these formations.  

    • Auto flow encountered first time in a well constructed in Siwalik Sandstones aquifer in Poonch District of Jammu & Kashmir where natural discharge of 0.5 lps has occurred from a fracture zone encountered at a depth of 153 m. The free flow of ground water will serve the water problem of a nearby village.
    • During aquifer mapping investigations in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh a 75 m thick potential Moraine aquifer has been discovered at a depth of 73 m which has yielded high discharge of 360 lpm whereas, general discharge in Moraine deposits of this area is around 50% of this well..
    • A new aquifer (Basaltic rocks) has been delineated in Ratlam and Mandsaur districts of Madhya Pradesh during aquifer mapping studies where potential fracture zones has been found at a depth of 53 to 73 m bgl and 147 to 185 m bgl respectively. The two exploratory wells constructed in these aquifers at Moyakhera (Ratlam) and Dhamnar (Mandsaur) have yielded high discharge of 378 lpm & 942 lpm respectively.  The available discharge from these wells may cater the water need of nearly 12000 population of nearby villages.
    • In another investigations a fractured Vesicular Basalt aquifer has been identified in Pune district of Maharashtra where an exploratory well  at Village Bawada, Indapur Taluka, yielded 590 lpm discharge from fracture zones encountered at 24 & 53 m bgl which is considerably quite high in this area.

    (b)     Training Programmes conducted by National Ground Water Training & Research Institute (NGWTRI).
    A number of training programmes have been conducted by NGWTRI, Raipur and various Offices of CGWB (under the aegis of NGWRTI) during November, 2017 for imparting training to ground water professionals, semi-professionals and grass root stakeholders. Three types of training courses conducted as Tier-I, Tier-II & Tier-III are as follows.

    • Tier-I:  To impart training to ground water professionals and semi-professionals 3 training courses were conducted at Raipur Campus of NGWRTI  such as(1)  Hydrogeological Data Collection, Analysis & Report Preparation -Under NHP programme (20 participants), (2) Induction Level Training for Lab Assistants &  Attendants (16 participants) and (3) SPSS Statistics 24.0 software ( 8 participants).A total 37 Tier –I training courses have been conducted till November, 2017 against the annual target of 34 trainings, wherein 713 persons got the training.         
    • Tier – II: Tier-II training course have been conducted  for District level Officers and Officials of State Govt. Depts. for imparting knowledge and skills on principles of ground water, data generation, collection methodology and analyses for management of resource. During the month 2 Tier-II training courses were conducted:(1) Datiwada, District Banaskantha, Gujarat wherein37 persons, and (2) Kolkata, West Bengal where 29 participants got the training. Total 16 training programmes have been conducted till November, 2017 against total annual target of 18 trainings wherein505 persons got the training.
    • Tier-III: Tier-III trainings have been imparted to the grass root level stake holders on basic skills of ground water and data collection and assistance in the field studies.In the current month,2 Tier-III training courses were conducted:(1) Dimapur, Naglandwhere participants were 123and (2) Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islandswhere participants were 103. Total36training programmes have been conducted till November, 2017 against total annual target of 53 trainings wherein 5182 persons got the training.

     

     (b)    Visit of Hon’ble Minister/ Secretary/ Chairman/ Members:

    • Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister of RT & H, Shipping  and WR, RD & GR has visited Chennai on 23.11.2017. Dr. E. Sampat Kumar, Member (South), CGWB and regional Director, SECR, Chennai had participated in the meeting taken by the Hon’ble Minister. Matters related to water resources were discussed in the meeting.
    • Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, the Hon’ble Minister of State (MoWR) has visited the NWR, Chandigarh on 06.11.2017 and Kerala Region on 23/11/2017 where the Minister has reviewed the progress of the Regions. A presentation on the progress of the Regions was made by the officers of respective Regions before the Minister.

    (c)     Workshops/Seminars/ Lecture/Talk:

      • Workshop on “Water Conservations and related issues” has been organized on 15th November, 2017 at SardarVallabhbhai Patel Memorial Society, Ahmedabad.Prof. (Dr.) R. N. Singh, former director of NEERI & Emeritus Professor, IIT Gandhinagar graced the workshop as Chief Guest. Other dignitaries present were Shri AlokDubey, Memberi/c NW, CGWB, Shri M. P. Singh Chief Engineer, CWC, Gandhinagar, Shri D. C. Thacker, MD GWRDC, Dr. R. D. Deshpande, SCG, PRL Ahmedabad and Dr. M. H. Fulekar, Dean, Central University of Gandhinagar. More than 450 delegates from different Government & Semi government organizations, Universities and colleges, and NGOs participated in the workshop. 17 papers were presented and 22 papers were published in workshop volume.
      • CGWB participated in 37th India International Trade Fair (IITF) – 2017 organised at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 14th to 28th November, 2017.


      Hon’ble Minister (WR, RD & GR) inaugurating the pavilion of MoWR at 37th IITF- 2017, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi


      Hon’ble Minister of State (WR, RD & GR) at the pavilion of CGWB, MoWR at 37th IITF- 2017, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

       

      • (d)       Publication:

        • Ray, R.K., Syed, T.H., Saha, D., Sarkar, B.C.& Patre, A.K. (2017). Assessment of village-wise groundwater draft for irrigation: a field-based study in hard-rock aquifers of central India. Hydrogeology Journal 25 (8): 2513-2525. DOI 10.1007/s10040-017-1625-x.
        • Besides, six number of technical papers have been presented in various Seminar/ Workshops at National level.

        (e)     Vigilance Awareness Week:

        • Vigilance Awareness Week organized at CGWB, CHQ, Faridabad and all Regional office of CGWB from 30.10.2017 to 04.11.2017. Administered the pledge taken by the  officers and officials of CGWB,  on 30.10.2017 and banners and posters were displayed regarding observance of Vigilance Awareness Week with special emphasis on “ Eradicate Corruption to take the nation forward “ were displayed.

        2.       IMPORTANT POLICY MATTERS HELD UP ON ACCOUNT OF PROLONGED INTER-MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS:      Nil

         

        3.       COMPLIANCE OF CoS DECISIONS:


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        4. NO OF CASES OF ‘SANCTION FOR PROSECUTION’ PENDING FOR MORE THAN THREE MONTHS:        Nil
        5. PARTICULARS OF CASES IN WHICH THERE HAS BEEN A DEPARTURE FROM THE TRANSACTION OF BUSINESS RULES OR ESTABLISHED POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT:       Nil    

        6.  STATUS   OF IMPLEMENTATION OF E-GOVERNANCE:

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