Administrator | January 23, 2016



Kritsnam aims to empower nations with data-driven water resource management solutions. Their focus is on sustainable use of freshwater in agriculture, industrial and domestic consumption.

Incubated Since 2019 Headquarters Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh Sector Agriculture Senior Advisor Srinivas Ramanujam
Portfolio Manager Anika Pandey

“Empower our Farmers and double the canal irrigation efficiency in 5 years”
- Sri Harsha Karumanchi, Co founder, Kritsnam

The Entrepreneur

Sri Harsha Karumanchi, Prudhvi Sagar & Vinay Chataraju alumni of IIT Kanpur lead Kritsnam Technologies from the top. With the right mix of hydrology, electronics and business expertise they make the right fit to ensure the success of the company. It started as an extension of M.Tech thesis of Sri Harsha, Kritsnam has evolved a long way to be one of the few companies in the world working on deep tech for water management.

The Challenge

54% of India faces high water stress every year. With 85% of the freshwater goes into agriculture, there is a dire need for scientific water management for both agriculture and drinking purposes. The inequality and irregularity in water distribution create panic among the water users resulting in wastage of water & yield loss. This problem can be solved with the right usage of advanced technologies for day to day decision making on water supply for agriculture and drinking.

The Solution

Kritsnam through its solutions IShWAR and DHARMA are working to ensure equitable distribution of the available water for agriculture and drinking purposes respectively. With the combination of ground IoT sensors, remote sensing, user input and crowdsourced data, the decision support systems for canal and water grid management are developed. They developed their own IoT sensors which are compact & low-power consuming which makes them ideal for remote location deployments. Kritsnam’s ground sensors include water level monitoring, water flow meter & soil moisture with micro weather all IoT enabled for real-time decision making.

The Impact

Through one of its solutions, Kritsnam has saved 30 million litres of groundwater in one season from 150 farmers which also resulted in saving Rs 1200 - 1800 (irrigation and diesel costs) per farmer per season. Upon scaling up, there is a significant potential to save water and cost for the marginal farmers and also an increase in crop productivity.

The real-time water level data from the Ganga river is also used for flood warning to the nearby villages during monsoon season.

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