Economic efficiency of a community based irrigation water management system in Shivalik Foothills Watershed at village Mandhala

During the earliers days, hilly villages used to have their own ponds, which served the community. The ponds were desilted by the community. But over the period of time, bond of the villagers over such common property is getting weak. One old silted up pond in village Mandhala (H.P.) of storage capacity 0.7 ham was renovated under an integrated watershed management project with community participation. The newly created storage capacity of 2.0 ham of the pond now irrigates 10.0 ha of land mostly for wheat crop.