Development of a Water Resources Management Information System (WRMIS) and Decision Support System (DSS)

Detailed description of project:

The Punjab Irrigation System, which in its origin is more than 100 years old, is one of the largest contiguous gravity flow irrigation networks worldwide including 22 main canal systems and 13 barrages/head works. It is fed by the water resources of the Indus River forming the lifeline of the country’s economy largely based on agriculture. The irrigation network serves a command area of 8.4 million hectares. The Irrigation Department of the Government of Punjab is in charge of O&M of the entire system.

The objective of the project is to develop hydraulic and hydrological models as part of the overall Decision Support System (DSS). The DSS will be linked to the WRMIS, set-up under this contract. WRMIS will manage large datasets and will provide the facility for the DSS for storage and retrieval of canal and river data as input to the models. The complete application will enable decision makers to take informed decisions with regard to water allocation and system response under various management and water availability scenarios.

Type of services provided:

  • Review and upgrade of the Water Resources Management Information System (WRMIS);
  • Integration of WRMIS in the Decision Support System (DSS);
  • Undertake hydrological modelling for water availability forecasting and determination of Punjab’s share allocation according to the according to the Water Apportionment Accord (1991);
  • Develop and implement a real-time operation model for the barrages and canals of the Punjab irrigation system;
  • Undertake investigations of the water table fluctuation in the irrigation system including preparation of water table fluctuation maps;
  • Develop hydraulic models for all main and branch canals of the Punjab Irrigation System;
  • Establish links between DSS and WRMIS and the databases of relevant organizations such as Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Indus River System Authority (IRSA), Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA);
  • Capacity building of the technical professional staff of client through “on-the-job” training and preparation of training and operation manuals.
Project Management Office for Punjab Barrages Rehabilitation and Modernisation Projects
World Bank
05/2014 – 06/2017
Contract value: 3,778,250 €