Category: Irrigation Projects

Maharashtra Water Sector Review of 2016: Revival of scam tainted dams


When the Chief Minister of Maharashtra told the state Assembly on July 21, 2015, “We pushed large dams, not irrigation” he had raised much hopes for the state with a fresh memory of worst ever dam scam and drought termed…

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Sinchan Shodh Yatra finds Gosikhurd Right Bank Canal incomplete even after a decade of construction


Above: Irrigation official confronting the angry farmer from Asolamendha village in Chandrapur District of Maharashtra Photo: Amruta Pradhan “Farmers are dying… but your procedures have to be complete…” Sight of an angry farmer saying this to an irrigation official has…

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Public Audits of corruption ridden irrigation projects in Vidarbha: Sinchan Shodh Yatra

Trees and shrubs grown in half done Right Bank Canal of Gosikhurd Dam (Photo: Jan Manch)

Right Bank Canal of Gosikhurd Dam (Photo: Jan Manch) Controversial irrigation projects of Maharashtra continue to make headlines after massive irrigation scam that was unveiled in 2012. Following an inquiry in the scam, the state cabinet has recently scrapped 94…

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This is the time to protect Pulse Farmers in Marathwada


“I have harvested Moong (green gram) from my farm, now I’m harvesting Udad (black gram). Their price is crashing each day…I may not get even the Minimum Support Price (MSP)…But I’m not supposed to care about the price… its solely…

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Medigadda Kaleshwaram Project: Prompt Repetition of Old Mistakes

Medigatta Bhoomipoojan cropped

A lot has been happening with waters of Godawari on Maharashtra-Telangana border. Telangana has proposed a series of dams in order to harness water allocated to it by the Godawari Tribunal Award. Many of these projects are being proposed hastily…

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What ails Irrigation in Karnataka – Recent CAG reports

Completed Sonthi Barrage Photo: KBJNL

Guest Blog by Himanshu Upadhyaya ( What ails irrigation in India is probably a frequently asked question. It was asked in an illustrative article in Economic and Political Weekly in mid 1960s. We are told many times that two aspects…

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Climate Change and Agriculture: Where is the National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture?

A mix of Millets, corns, legumes and vegetables used by tribals in the same plot. Photo: Aparna Pallavi, Down to Earth

Adaptive Agriculture: A mix of Millets, Corn, Legumes and Vegetables grown by tribals in the same plot. Photo: Aparna Pallavi, Down to Earth When the farmers were losing their crop due to less or no rain, the government was still speculating…

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Rivers and Water in Union Budget 2014-15

In the first annual budget (for the year 2014-15) presented by the new NDA government at the centre on July 10, 2014, it is generally bad news for Ganga and other rivers. Below we have given various provisions on water…

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Present Tensed, Future Expensive: Large Irrigation Projects in Northeast India


“The actual construction costs of large dams are too high to yield a positive return” this was the unequivocal conclusion of a recent study done by a group of experts from Oxford University on dams around the world[1]. Similar conclusions…

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Do large dams deliver deception and delusion? Oxford University Research says: they do!

Dhansiri Project on Dhansiri RIver, Assam. Photo: Jayanta Kumar Das, Panoramia

The protagonists like to equate large dams with development. Those who suffer the adverse consequences equate them with displacement, deforestation, deprivation & debt. While the protagonists see dams as drought proofing measure, critics have for long associated dams with drying…

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