SIVAGANGA: A high-level team of World Bank, the funding agency for the Irrigated Modernisation and Water Bodies Restoration and Management (IAMWARM) project, inspected the implementation of the project in the district.
Led by Robih Karaky, leader of the team, which included consultants R.K. Malhothra, water resources, Ben Oberien, agriculture, V.S. Sathe, livestock, S. Rajagopal, Water Resource Organisation, reviewed the project at the Collectorate.
Vipu Nayyar, Project Director, IAMWARM, Pankaj Kumar Bansal, Collector and others took part in the meeting.
Besides the review of the water restoration works in Manimuthar and Kottakaraiyaru sub basins in the district, they were appraised of the works being implemented by Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and others.
The team insisted that water user’s committees should be formed in all areas of the district immediately.
Steps should be taken to conduct elections for electing water users bodies within December 31.
The Collector said the team was of the view that crop diversification should be intensified in the district. Since paddy was continued to be a less lucrative crop, it suggested that farmers should be guided to raise pulses, horticulture and cash crops.
While expressing satisfaction over the implementation of the project in the district, Mr. Bansal said that the team wanted to speed up the drip and sprinkler irrigation.
He said the team later visited Salur, Rangasingapuram, Senkulam, S.R. Pattinam, Vilar and other areas to inspect the project.