IIT Mandi Kangra District Memorandum of Understanding signed with Disaster Management Authority

The Institute will set up 10 Landslide Monitoring and Early Warning Systems based on Satellite Imaging and Site Visits

The Indian Institute of Technology Mandi District Disaster Management Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kangra. The MoU is for five years, and both sides can extend it through mutual negotiations.

The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to create and deploy 10 Landslide Monitoring and Early Warning Systems (EWS) on specific sites based on site visits and analysis in accordance with Inser-based analysis and confirmation with the district administration. This will help develop machine learning methods for predicting InSAR-based and EWS-based results for creating prediction-based alerts.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • IIT Mandi EWS will be responsible for all installation aspects of EWS, such as monitoring movement and weather parameters at installation locations and alerting with hooters and blinkers where possible.
  • IIT Mandi will be responsible for creating alerts through text messages where possible.
  • IIT Mandi will provide faculty, staff and lab resources for EWS research and may use data from systems set up for research purposes.
  • DDMA will be responsible for providing funding for the development, installation and maintenance of the EWS employed, as well as for the other heads identified in the project.
  • DDMA will be responsible for proving EWS against theft by placing cement- / concrete-based pedestals on the ground.
  • DDMA will be responsible for providing relevant stakeholders to receive alerts related to each location.

The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to finalize manpower and sites for Landslide Monitoring and Early Warning System (EWS) according to InSAR-based imagery. In the next three months from the date of commencement of the project, the Institute will have to install two systems at selected locations. In the next phase, the institute will have to install four more systems, especially before the monsoon, and finalize the threshold algorithm based on the initial data acquisition. It will fine-tune any site-specific requirements for systems, including power, sensing parameters, data and alert requirements.

The location of the site will be confirmed based on the historical evidence of the site, the onset of slide or collapse, and other locations according to satellite imaging, which will be confirmed after a site visit by representatives of both parties and further approval from the district administration. All installed systems shall be maintained for five years from the date of installation in accordance with the terms of the project. Funds will be required for any subsequent maintenance which will be communicated by the concerned agency at that time.

District Disaster Management Authority Kangra (DDMA), Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India – 176001, its authorized officer, through the Deputy Commissioner as Chairman, the nodal agency responsible for the administration of the Kangra District as the first party.

The MoU was signed in the presence of IIT Mandi Professor Laxmidhar Behera and Kangra District Deputy Commissioner Dr Nipun Jindal, IAS, IIT Mandi Assistant Professor Dr Kala Venkata Kala and Additional District Magistrate Rohit Rathore. , Kangra, and other dignitaries.

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