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India state awards flow forecasting contracts for Krisha, Bhima rivers

NASHIK, India 10/6/11 (PennWell) -- The government of India's Maharashtra State has awarded contracts totaling US$5.1 million for a real-time data acquisition system and for a decision support and flow forecasting system for the Krishna and Bhima river basins in Maharashtra.

With funding from the World Bank, the Water Resources Department of the Government of Maharashtra took bids for the work in March and October 2010.

Maharashtra awarded a 179 million rupee (US$3.6 million) contract to Mechatronics Systems Pvt. Ltd. for supply, installation, testing, commissioning, and five years' maintenance of a real-time data acquisition system consisting of 149 automated rainfall stations, 42 full climate stations, 34 river water level stations, 46 reservoir water level stations, eight gate opening measurements, and design and establishment of a data center at Pune.

The state also awarded a 76.2 million rupee (US$1.5 million) contract to DHI (India) Water and Environment Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi to review decision support system needs of the Water Resources Department, assess forecasting capabilities and telemetry for the two basins, develop geographic information system maps, develop and install hydrological and hydraulic models and software tools, and train department staff.

Krishna River has hydro projects including 240-MW Lower Jurala, 234-MW Priyadarshini Jurala, and 50-MW Nagarjunasagar Tail Pond in Andhra Pradesh State. Bhima River has hydro projects including 10.5-MW Sonna, 16-MW Kallur, and 16-MW Joladadagi in Karnataka State.


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