DRDO, the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding today for the implementation of an early warning system for vulnerable hydro projects. Shi Alok Kumar, Secretary, of the Ministry of Power, and Dr. Samir V Kamat, Secretary, of the Department of Defence (R&D) & Chairman, of DRDO, signed the MoU.

DRDO and the Ministry of Power will work together to develop mitigation measures against avalanches, landslides, glaciers, glacial lakes, and other geo-hazards. The DRDO’s expertise will also be used to develop an early warning system for hydro projects and power stations in hilly areas. In agreement with the broad understanding developed through this MoU, DRDO and respective project developers will formulate specific tasks.

The Ministry of Power has taken the initiative to install Early Warning Systems (EWS) in Hydro Power Projects, especially those in hilly regions, under the visionary leadership of Union Minister of Power & NRE, Shri R.K. Singh. EWS is a system that monitors, forecasts, predicts, assesses disaster risk, communicates, and prepares for disasters in advance. EWS has already been implemented through MoUs with CSIR-NGRI, IMD, WIHG, and NRSC-ISRO.

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