Volume No. 5 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 984-996 April-June 2011

 

BENCHMARKING AS A TOOL FOR IMPROVEMENT OF SYSTEM PERFORMANCE : CASE OF SAMRAT ASHOK SAGAR IRRIGATION PROJECT, MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA

 

Sanjay S. Phadnis*1 and Mukul Kulsreshtha2

1. Madhya Pradesh Water Resources Department, Government of M.P., Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal (INDIA)
2. National Institute of Technology, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal (INDIA)

 

Received on : January 29, 2011

 

ABSTRACT

 

Population of India has crossed more than 100 crores and with the rapid increase of growing population, the demand of food and water is also increasing. Irrigated lands contribute significantly to the world agriculture output and food supply. Irrigation is critical to food security and economic growth in contemporary India. Today water scarcity is a Global issue and deteriorating environmental and social conditions due to exploitation of water resources in an unplanned manner are making situation more serious. Water is a critical input for agricultural production. The performance of irrigation systems is of serious concern to farmers who rely on them for their crops and livelihoods and to governments that have invested heavily in their development. Large-scale canal irrigation systems, in particular, are in poor condition: they are not properly maintained, operations are inadequate, water supplies do not reach the end of systems, and the timing of water supply is unreliable. The wide gap between actual and desirable performance threatens the sustainability of irrigated agriculture. In large public irrigation schemes in Asia, the main problems of irrigation service delivery faced by the farmers were usually erratic delivery and inequity between the heads and tail-ends of the canals, resulting in low cropping intensities, in a poor proportion of the systems

 

Keywords : Benchmarking, Irrigation, Water management, Efficiency, Participatory approach, Water Users Association

 

 

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