A major project on “Web Enabled Water Resources Information System” for the country” (India-WRIS), has been launched at the behest of CWC, New Delhi. India-WRIS will provide a comprehensive, credible, and contextual view of India’s water resources data along with allied natural resources data and information. India-WRIS will allow users to search, access, visualize, understand, analyze, look into context and study spatial patterns. It is a ‘Single Window’ solution of all water resources and related data in a standardized GIS format in a national framework for Water Resource assessment and monitoring. The database will have more than 30 spatial layers grouped under 5 major heads having large attribute data (about 179 sub components) collected for a period of 5 to 50 years.
WRIS will use satellite images consisting of Cartosat-1, LISS III, LISS IV and, SRTM (900m and 90m). The proposed spatial layers are: Basin maps, river network, Digital Elevation Map, International, State, District, Tehsil boundaries, village boundaries, Town / villages location & extent, Infrastructure layers, major tourist stations on river banks, water sanctuaries, waterfalls, etc., Location of major & medium irrigation projects, location of hydroelectric projects, location of multi-purpose water resources projects, major and medium irrigation project command boundaries, water logging and salt affected areas in major and medium irrigation projects, soil samples for major and medium irrigation projects, canal network, surface water bodies, ground water observation wells data analysis, lithology data, aquifer parameters, landuse/land cover, land degradation, wasteland maps, snow cover area, flood inundation maps, drought prone area maps, inland navigation waterways, inter-basin transfer links(as per NWDA), hydro metrological sites of CWC, meteorological station (IMD & CWC), climate related layers and pollution monitoring system. Project website has been launched on December 10, 2009 and the Version 1.0 of Information System is ready for web hosting.