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Training programme on groundwater mapping ends

A THREE-DAY training programme on use of remote sensing to map groundwater prospects for the field engineers of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department, organised under the aegis of the Remote Sensing Applications Centre of the MP Council of Science and Technology (MAPCOST), concluded today.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2006 15:15 IST

A THREE-DAY training programme on use of remote sensing to map groundwater prospects for the field engineers of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department, organised under the aegis of the Remote Sensing Applications Centre of the MP Council of Science and Technology (MAPCOST), concluded today.

The training programme was organised with a view to providing detailed information and training on use of remote sensing for locating groundwater and also to identify the geological structures — mainly lineaments where the run-off rainwater could be stopped for percolation and augmentation of groundwater. The State is facing problem as regards groundwater availability and the need for use of advanced technology for identifying the prospects of groundwater.

A total 45 engineers of the Public Health Engineering Department participated in the training. RSAC scientists Tasneem Habib and Hari Natarajan provided information on various technical aspects of remote sensing and its use for identification of groundwater potential area, groundwater mapping and use of groundwater recharging, too.

The engineers were also told how they could get satellite images of their utility from the National Remote Sensing Authority (NRSA), Hyderabad.

In the second session, Sam Godfrey of UNICEF spoke on groundwater pollution and its management. Senior hydrogeologist of the PHE department S B Tiwari and scientists D K Soni and Dr Sandeep Goyal also delivered on various aspects. The participants were taken to field visit of Om Valley and Bhojpur to give them idea about lineament study and other practical aspects.

Director general of the MP Council of Science and Technology Dr J G Negi was present as the chief guest and engineer-in-chief of PHE Department Sudhir Saxena was present as special guest.

Dr Negi assured all support to the department for groundwater prospecting. Saxena distributed the certificates to participants and said that the knowledge provided by MAPCOST is very important for the department. Senior scientist Dr Rajesh Saxena conducted the programme.