Altaf Hamid Rao.
MIRPUR (AJK): October 23: A day long workshop was held today on Hydrological Data Collection, Processing and Management System. The workshop was attended by the delegates from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia and WAPDA’s senior officers concerned.
Addressing the workshop, WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) thanked CSIRO delegates for their active participation and sharing views and experience with WAPDA. He said that processes and techniques in data collection are considered to be crucial for implementation of development plans and construction of projects from their design to execution. Though we have the information yet efficacy of this information is very important, he said. Appreciating CSIRO for their support in capacity building of WAPDA engineers, the Chairman asked them to have a closer look at the data available with WAPDA and identify the areas where there are gaps in the collection techniques and processes. He said that WADPA will appreciate if they could also suggest ways and means to fill up those gaps for making the data more useful.
Later, CSIRO expert made detailed deliberations about case studies of New South Wales. He said that CSIRO wants to help WAPDA to learn from their experience and tools to obtain a world-class time series hydrological data archive in WAPDA. Presentations were also made by WAPDA officers about Glacier Monitoring Research Centre, Surface Water Hydrology and International Water Logging and Salinity Reclamation Institute of WAPDA.
It may be mentioned here that Australia, through a subsidiary agreement, has been supporting Pakistan to enhance its capability in river basin planning and develop a water management model of the Indus Basin through CSIRO.