Ministry of power and DRDO sign MoU for developing mitigation measures

27 December, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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The Ministry of Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for the implementation of an early warning syste...

The Ministry of Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for the implementation of an early warning system for vulnerable hydro projects/power stations on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Power and the DRDO will collaborate to develop appropriate mitigation strategies for avalanches, landslides, glaciers, glacial lakes, and other geo-hazards. The DRDO’s expertise will also be put to use in the development of a comprehensive Early Warning System for sensitive hydro projects/power plants in mountainous areas. In accordance with the general understanding obtained through this MoU, separate and particular tasks will be developed between DRDO and individual project developer(s).

The MoU was signed by Alok Kumar, Secretary of Power, and Dr Samir V Kamat, Secretary of Defence (R&D) and Chairman of DRDO.

Union Minister of Power & NRE, R K Singh, the Ministry of Power has taken the initiative of implementing Early Warning System (EWS) in the Hydro Power Projects especially those located in upper reaches of Hilly regions.

EWS is an integrated system of hazard monitoring, forecasting and prediction, disaster risk assessment, communication and preparedness for timely action to reduce disaster risks in advance of hazardous events.

Ministry of Power has already signed MoUs with CSIR-NGRI, IMD, WIHG and NRSC-ISRO for the implementation of EWS.