In all irrigation schemes management of available water below the outlet is of vital importance and has long been neglected. Equitable distribution of water to the fields and adoption of proper water application methods have great bearing on the benefits by way of returns per unit of water delivered to each hectare of land irrigated. The overall success of an irrigation project hinges around the management of water beyond the outlet point. Potential utilised lags behind potential created by a wide margin with large scale water development, major areas needing attention include excessive loss of water due to seepage, inequitable distribution of water between head and tail reaches, poor maintenance of canal system and lack of field channels.
In the scenario of shortage of irrigation water in the state compared to the demand, the idea is to extend the existing water resources to larger areas by means of appropriate water management.
To increase coverage of irrigation by extending the length of minors / distributaries of Major Irrigation Systems of the State at the existing water
Construction of minors and distributaries and associated work of Head works, lining of minors, outlets etc.
Timely availability of irrigation water. Containing water related disputes in villages.
Wherever WUAs have been formed below the minor outlets there is equitable distribution of irrigation water (Warabandi) and there is no dispute.
Areas of Concern
Budgetary provision for Operation and Maintenance of minors / distributaries was quite inadequate. Recovery of water rates from beneficiaries was not enough to meet full operation and maintenance expenditure of the State Government.
Farmers need to be encouraged or organised to undertake Karseva for maintenance of minors. Formation of Water User's Associations has to be ensured as the relevant act has been enacted in the state.