Rejuvenating irrigation tanks through local institutions
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Sakthivadivel, Ramasamy; Gomathinayagam, P.; Shah, Tushaar. 2004. Rejuvenating irrigation tanks through local institutions. Economic and Political Weekly, 39(31):3521-3526.
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Recent attempts to modernise irrigation tanks with a focus on physical rehabilitation, but little institutional development to maintain and manage them, have resulted in a vicious cycle. With the lack of maintenance and upkeep, rehabilitated tanks soon fall into disrepair, necessitating a new round of externally-induced rehabilitation. Yet, there are many tanks under traditional local management operating at a high level of performance equilibrium. A study of 41 tanks from 22 districts of eight Indian states was taken up under the IWMI-Tata Programme to identify the characteristics of high performing local- managed tank institutions. The lessons learnt from the study can form the basis for an effective institutional protocol that can enhance the effectiveness of tank rehabilitation and modernization.