MoP collaborates with DRDO for early warning systems of hydropower stations

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

The collaboration aims at working towards developing suitable mitigation measures against avalanches, landslides, glaciers, glacial lakes, and other geo-hazards. The expertise of DRDO will also be utilised in developing a comprehensive early warning system for vulnerable hydro projects/ power stations in hilly regions. Separate and specific tasks will be formulated between DRDO and respective project developers in agreement with broad understanding developed through this MoU.

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. The MoP has already signed MoUs with CSIR-NGRI, IMD, WIHG and NRSC-ISRO for implementation of EWS.