Power ministry, DRDO ink pact to install early warning systems for power stations

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 vulnerable hydroelectric projects/power stations.

On 27 December the Ministry of Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for the implementation of an early warning system for vulnerable hydroelectric projects/power stations.

Important facts

  • Power Secretary Alok Kumar and DRDO Chairman Dr Samir V Kamat signed the MoU in New Delhi.

  • It aims to jointly work towards developing appropriate mitigation measures against avalanches, landslides, glaciers, glacial lakes and other land hazards.

  • DRDO's expertise will also be utilized in developing a comprehensive early warning system for vulnerable hydroelectric projects/power stations in hilly areas.

  • With the comprehensive understanding developed through this MoU, separate and specific assignments will be drawn up between DRDO and the respective project developers.

  • Under the leadership of Union Power Minister RK Singh, the Ministry of Power has taken the initiative to implement Early Warning System (EWS) in hydro power projects especially located in the upper reaches of hilly areas.

Early Warning System (EWS)

  • It is an adaptive measure to climate change, which uses integrated communication systems to help communities prepare for dangerous climate-related events.

  • A successful EWS saves lives and jobs, land and infrastructure and provides long-term sustainability.

  • This will aid in planning in the public sector, saving money in the long run and protecting economies.

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