Plans And Programmes

The development of irrigation in the state has been going on at a slow pace and till date only about 25% of the identified irrigation potential of the state has been covered under the various schemes undertaken by the Department. The Department is therefore giving priority to the expansion of area under assured irrigation by initiating a number of Minor and Medium irrigation projects, both under the state and central sector schemes. Some of the new initiatives which the department has taken up are water harvesting structures, protection and rejuvenation of springs, rooftop rain water harvesting, multipurpose reservoirs and the repair-renovation-restoration of water bodies. Upon creation of the Department of Water Resources, the Department has also been entrusted with the added responsibility of providing flood protection to agricultural land and a number of anti-erosion and other embankment protection works have already been taken up throughout the state. In addition to these anti-erosion works, there are a few flood management projects which are being proposed under central sector schemes of the Ministry of Water Resources. The Department is also in the process of putting in place a system for the collection, management and analysis of data for the development of water resources throughout the state under the national Hydrology Project.