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IITD Aab Prahari: IIT Delhi launches app to tackle waterlogging issues in urban areas

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Posted on 09 Sep 2022
12:34 PM

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IIT Delhi recently launches a mobile application named “IITD Aab Prahari” to address waterlogging issues in urban areas during the monsoon
Jalsuraksha, a website was also launched on the occasion to provide information on the research work undertaken by the Water Security Hub Team

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi collaborates with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to start a project named ‘Water Security Hub’. The project recently launched a mobile application named “IITD Aab Prahari” to address waterlogging issues in urban areas during the monsoon. The aim of this project is to develop new approaches to tackle the challenges and barriers to water security and sustainable development in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. The application is available at the Google Play Store.

In the ‘IITD Aab Prahari’ mobile application system, communities and individuals will have the opportunity to report the real-time incidence of flooding, in and around their surroundings, by providing information about waterlogging and uploading it to a central server.

Explaining the process IIT Delhi said, “The information fed by the citizens will help the researchers at the Water Security Hub in the effective development and deployment of an early warning system to predict the urban floods through validation of their model. The aim is to help the local administration so that it can take any quick action to mitigate the flooding situation.”

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Professor AK Gosain, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi, and the lead researcher for the UKRI GCRF Project, said, “IITD Aab Prahari mobile application uses the citizen science approach. This mobile app could change the way communities and governments deal with floods.” IIT Delhi director Rangan Banerjee, Ashish Kundra, IAS, principal secretary, Department of Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC), Delhi Government and other senior officials were present on the occasion.

A website named “Jalsuraksha”, jalsuraksha.iitd.ac.in/, was also launched on the occasion. The website is a single platform providing all the information related to the research work undertaken by the Water Security Hub team at IIT Delhi to ensure water security in the NCT of Delhi.

The website interactively showcases IITD-Toolboxes and research products through GIS-based frameworks for Decision Support Systems. These frameworks address technical, environmental, and social issues and support policymaking.

Last updated on 09 Sep 2022
12:34 PM
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