PARTICIPATORY APPROACH TO CANAL AUTOMATION ADAPTATION IN PARAMBIKULAM ALIYAR PROJECT-A CASE STUDYJailakshmi Menon, B.V. Mudgal and J.D. Sophia
Distribution of large volumes of water within irrigation projects involves network of canals. With increasing demand for food and competing use of water in various other sectors, the pressure is on irrigation professionals to manage water more efficiently since irrigation sector is the largest consumer of water. Canal automation helps to optimize the water supply in order to match the expected demands at the offtake level thereby improving water management at the operational and field channel level. This paper discusses the existing irrigation practices, the cropping pattern, the role of Water users Association (WUA) and the farmers perception on canal automation in the chosen study area of the Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) system in Tamil Nadu. The study also presents the problems encountered in adapting canal automation and seeks some solution through participatory water management involving the stakeholders.
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