Sardar Sarovar way off projected path

A study conducted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in the SSP command area has revealed that farmers are using the branch canal to divert the water to their fields. The study titled “Evolving Arrangements for Local Water Delivery in SSP Command Area” said: “A few villages like Thanwa in Vadodara branch indirectly get the water for irrigation from branch canal through a village pond. Farmers, with the help of the gate operator, get the gate opened for three-four days every month. The water rushes out of the gate and fills fields before it flows through the normal dharya to reach the village pond. The fields, which get filled with water, are thus irrigated. The villagers then lift water from the pond.”

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