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

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The Sinking Lifts

In the 1960s, the Karnataka government initiated a programme to establish lift irrigation schemes in the northern regions of the state. These schemes built, operated and maintained by the minor irrigation department of the government cover a significant command area. Unfortunately, more than half the schemes are defunct and the remaining are functioning poorly. Unlike in neighbouring Maharashtra, no attempt has been made to encourage peopleâ??s participation. What can be done to revitalise this programme which could play a major role in realising irrigation potential and relieving water stress?

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