Projects with external financial support
Projects taken up with financial aid from Government of India and funding agencies like World Bank are grouped under this category
National Hydrology Project
The project is aimed at collection, storage and analysis of hydrological data. This project is aided by World Bank and is being implemented in other States of the country also. Irrigation Department is handling the surface water component of the project. Establishment of gauging stations with modern automatic equipments and setting up of data centers is part of the project. We are in phase-II now. Data Centre has been established for stabilization/consolidation of Hydrological Information System (HIS).
Thirteenth Finance Commission Award
Grant for water sector management recommended by FC-XIII is available during 2011-15 for Major and Medium Irrigation (MMI) and Minor Irrigation (MI) schemes in four categories:
(a) Water Sector : Rs.176.00 Cr
(b) State Specific Grant-Inland Waterways : Rs.200 Cr
(including coastal Zone Management)
Water bodies : Rs.50 Cr
Kuttanad is a unique area with paddy fields (Padasekharams) situated at 0.6 to 2.5m below MSL. Total area of the padasekharams is 54000Ha. Around 11000Ha of water spread area encircle these padasekaharams. Vembanad lake which is a ‘Ramsar’ site is also part of the water spread area. Five rivers-Pamba, Achankovil, Manimalayar,Muvattupuzha and Meenachil-discharge into the Kuttanad water spread area before joining the Arabian Sea through Thanneermukkom and Thottappally outlets. Entry of flood water into padasekaharams is restricted by the bunds having a total length of 4196Km. Paddy cultivation under the circumstances is a tricky business with sudden inflow into the Kuttanad area in very short span.
Swaminathan Commission studied the problem and suggested certain urgent measures to make cultivation reliable and free from damages due to unexpected heavy floods. Proposals under Swaminathan Commission report are grouped into several tasks.
Proposal for prevention of flooding was given under ‘Flood Management Programme’ of the Central government through Central Water Commission (CWC).
Tasks under Irrigation Department are
Task 2.1 Modernisation of Thannermukkom Bund
Task 2.2 Improving efficiency of Thottappally
Task 2.3 Regulation of Flood water in Kayal C&D and Rani-Chithira Blocks
NABARD Assisted Schemes
NABARD has been providing loan assistance for irrigation sector development under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) since 1995. Schemes under RIDF XIII to XV are in progress. Now, we are into RIDF XIX.
Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP)
This project is proposed to rehabilitate 19 dams/barrages/regulators in the Irrigation Department and 12 dams of KSEB with World Bank assistance. Proposal is approved and MOU signed with Government of India.
Projects with State Funds
Projects with financial support in the State budget are grouped in this category. Maintenance of projects and works taken up with budget support under Lump sum provisions for routine works are not included in this category.
Renovation of ponds and tanks
Ponds are recognized as having at least four functions in irrigation- agriculture-water conservation, flood control and protection of ecology of the surrounding area. Renovation of ponds is proposed to improve ground water storage capacity, improvement in agricultural production, livestock, fisheries and human use. Ponds and tanks are the local source of water in many villages of the state.