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Tank Irrigation In West Bengal: An Overview


  • Samrat Goswami


This paper attempts to examine the present status of tanks as a source of irrigation in different districts of West Bengal. West Bengal partially depends on tanks for irrigation, as the main sources of irrigation are canals and tube wells. It is observed that the districts of Purulia, 24 Paraganas, and Howrah have larger dependence on tank water, whereas the other districts use less tank water, as the availability of underground water sources and government canals are in abundance. It has also been found that the dependence on tank irrigation has declined throughout the state and in almost all the districts. The only exception is Purulia, where the tank-irrigated area has increased significantly over a period of time. This paper advocates for community involvement in maintenance and management of tanks, and government intervention in terms of providing proper guidelines as the necessary policy measures for the effective utilization of tank water.

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  • Samrat Goswami, 2006. "Tank Irrigation In West Bengal: An Overview," The IUP Journal of Agricultural Economics, IUP Publications, vol. 0(4), pages 65-73, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:icf:icfjag:v:03:y:2006:i:4:p:65-73

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