Jal Shakti Ministry critiques water-resources initiatives throughout nation

Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 19

The Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti, Rattan Lal Kataria, took a review meeting of the Central Soil and Material Research Station (CSMRS) on Monday and urged its functionaries to further step up efforts towards making India self-reliant.

The CSMRS of the Ministry is famous for its core competency in investigation, consultancy and applied research in challenging geotechnical environment in large scale water resources projects.

It is at the forefront in the domains of soils, rocks, concrete, rockfill, geosynthetics and other materials for water resource projects.

It plays a pivotal role in carrying out the investigation and analysis of soil, rock and other geological parameters — which is critical for design and construction of large scale structures, including dams, barrages and water canals.

During the meeting, Kataria noted that the CSMRS was making a silent yet significant contribution in almost every water resources project of national and international importance, including the Polavaram project, the Sardar Sarovar Dam Project and the Bhaunrat Dam project.

He termed the institute as a symbol of India’s soft power and gave the credit for its success to its scientists.

He expressed satisfaction over the performance of the institute and commended the scientists for surpassing the annual targets set for the year 2018-19 and 2019-20.

He emphasised how the CSMRS has an instrumental role to play in the ongoing Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP).

The Union government has allocated funds to the CSMRS under the project for procurement of cutting edge software and equipment. The government has also given a nod for specialised training and capacity building of the CSMRS scientists at Swansea University, UK, and Norwegian Geotechnical Institute Oslo, Norway.

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