ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Partial View of Irrigation Problems

tion Facilities', which provides a summary view of the official position on problems encountered in promoting the utilisation of irrigation facilities. He reports a perceptible improvement in the utilisation of major and medium irrigation works since the mid-fifties, when only 60 per cent of the irriga- tion potential created had been utilised. However, he does not analyse how this improvement came about. He expounds on the role of command area development for attaining full utilisation of the irrigation potential, and rightly underscores that investment in command area development can be as expensive as the creation of the irrigation facility itself. This raises the dilemma of equity over space in the short run: maximal benefits from water resources in a few command areas, or lower benefits but over a larger area of the country.

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