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Exploratory drilling started in Tamil Nadu
  April 2013: Exploratory drilling has started in Cuddalore pilot area (Tamil Nadu). Aquifer wise piezometer construction is in progress.
Sky-TEM equipment has reached NGRI.
  March 2013: SKYTEM Equipment has reached NGRI campus in Hyberabad and will be deployed to the field.
Exploratory drilling started in Bihar
  December 2012: Exploratory drilling in Bihar pilot study area has been launched by CGWB. The objective is to delineate different aquifers, evaluate their potential, hydraulic properties, sustainability, quality of ground water, etc.
Indo-Danish Joint workshop on Heli-borne Geophysics for Aquifer Mapping
  15 October, 2012: The workshop focused on heli-borne geophysics for the pilot study on aquifer mapping. Domain experts from Aarhus University, CGWB, and CSIR-NGRI made presentations on aquifers in India, use of geophysics for aquifer-mapping, heli-borne Time Domain Electromagnetic surveys, and Sky TEM approach. Senior officers from CGWB, NGRI, MoWR (Project Coordination Secretariat), RITES, WAPCOS, IIT Roorkee, AMD, RSAS (GSI), consultants from the World Bank, and NGO representatives attended the workshop.
  The MoU and agreement between NGRI and Aarhus University was signed by Dr Mrinal Sen, Director NGRI and Prof. E. Auken, Aarhus University in the presence of HE Ambassador of Denmark Mr Freddy Svane and Shri Susheel Gupta, Chairman, CGWB.
Seminar on the National Project on Aquifer Management organized by CGWB
  8 and 9 October, 2012: CGWB organized a 2-day seminar on the National Project on Aquifer Management (NAQUIM) in New Delhi. The seminar was inaugurated by Dr Mihir Shah, Member of the Planning Commission, in the presence of Shri. G. Mohan Kumar, Additional Secretary, MOWR, Shri. Susheel Gupta, Chairman, CGWB and Members of the Board. It was attended by Regional Directors and Senior officers of CGWB, Senior officers from Ground Water Departments of all the State Governments, from all related Govt. of India Departments, and NGOs.
  The seminar aimed at presenting the objectives and approach for NAQUIM. Key issues discussed were implementation strategy, multi-institutional involvement, community participation, capacity building and convergence of programmes.
American team visited CGWB to benchmark the institute and make recommendations for upgrading.
  - June 2012: A team of four American scientists visited CGWB to benchmark the institute. Peter Martin, hydrogeologist, Roy Schroeder, geochemist, David Morgan, groundwater specialist and modeler, and Sandy Williamson, hydrogeologist and data specialist, are USGS retirees. They spent two weeks visiting CGWB headquarter and regional offices in June 2012. Their aim was to benchmark the methodologies and existing practices along with the infrastructural facilities such as machinery, equipments and manpower of the CGWB by identifying the gaps compared with state of the art international practices. Where gaps are identified, a strategic plan will be developed to help strengthen the capabilities of the CGWB, including infrastructure, technology, software and training. This activity is supported by World Bank-DFID Trust Fund.
CGWB and CSIR-NGRI signed the contract for implementing the pilot project on aquifer mapping.
  - 21 may 2012: Central Ground Water Board under Ministry of Water Resources today signed a contract with Council of Scientific Industrial Research – National Geophysical Research Institute (CSIR-NGRI) to implement the pilot project on “Aquifer characterization using advanced geophysical techniques in representative hydrogeological terrains of India”. The contract was signed in the presence of Minister of Water Resources and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal. Also present on the occasion were Minister of State for Water Resources and Minority Affairs, Shri Vincent H. Pala, Secretary, Water Resources Shri Dhruv Vijai Singh and Director General, CSIR, Prof. Samir K. Brahmachari.
  See http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=84296 for more information.
  Signature of the contract for implementing the pilot project on aquifer mapping.
Charles Harvey, MIT professor, visited CGWB to advise on groundwater modeling.
  - April 2012: Charles Harvey spent ten days visiting CGWB to advise on groundwater modeling, in particular on setting up a modeling center, on the use of modeling in the aquifer mapping program and on staffing and training issues. This visit was sponsored by World Bank-DFID Trust Fund.