Warangal, May 19: With the meteorological department projecting a normal monsoon this year, government officials implementing the World Bank-funded AP Community-Based Tank Management (APCBTM) project, are racing against time to complete them.

Connecting Kaicharakan tank and Periakulam tank near Gujiliamparai Union

SOCIAL CONCERN:College and school students renovating a channel in Palayam town panchayat in Dindigul district.

The second national workshop of the NRLP research project, held at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, on April 8-9, 2009, mainly focused on strategic issues of Indian irrigation that require immediate attention. The issues highlighted at the workshop contribute to a cluster of short- to long-term strategies for a perspective plan for the Indian water sector.

Tirupur: The Public Works Department (Water Resources Organisation) will strengthen the Aandipalayam, Mangalam and Sammalapuram irrigation tanks situated in the city outskirts and its supply channels at an estimated outlay of Rs. 90 lakh.

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IN a welcome move, the farmers of Tiruvallur district will maintain lakes and tanks themselves for irrigation purposes henceforth. To facilitate this, water users associations (WUAs) have been for med for the first time in the district.

This study makes an attempt to examine analytically to prove how tank rehabilitation is useful for both direct (farmers) and indirect (landless, poor, women and other vulnerable group) tank users. The tank systems have provided insulation from dependence on rains to the people living in the fragile rainfed areas.

The residents of several areas in the Palagala Divisional Secretaries Division were facing hardship for want of irrigation facilities to cultivate their paddy fields and arable land. The farmers in Kalugala, Kosgahainna and Ussana villages are the worst affected.

This latest World Bank document stresses on the inclusion of ecosystem-based approaches to national and regional adaptation strategies. It points out that access to funds will help communities to address climate change at all levels.

The irrigation re-awakening project with the World Bank assistance of Rs.385 million has taken initiatives to rehabilitate Giants Tank, one of the major irrigation tanks in the Mannar district, Project Director P.H. Sugathadasa said at a progress review meeting at the site last week.

Mumbai: The tanker lobby that operated in Mira Road, Bhayander and Vasai till a few years ago has now spread its tentacles to the western suburbs. Taking advantage of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) water crisis, tanker owners are doing brisk business.