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Government Of Assam Sonitpur

Irrigation Department-Overview

OVERVIEW

India is an agrarian economy. Large chunk of Indian population is dependent on Agriculture and allied activity. Indian farmers are heavily dependent on Monsoon / rainy seasons for cultivation of crops. Failure of monsoon often leads to draught like situation affecting the crops. For the growth of Indian Economy, to feed its huge population without degradation and destruction of critical ecosystem services, stress need to be given on adequate supply of water to the cultivable lands through irrigation schemes. Water is precious resource. Hence  it is vital to adopt effective utilization of water through storage , channelizing and judicious  uses .The Irrigation provision to cultivable field should be cost effective at the same time should achieve social objective such as food security or poverty alleviation. Improved allocation of irrigation water is required within in agricultural sector in order to achieve greater efficiently in use of irrigation water of existing irrigation infrastructures. Re-allocation is also required in order to reduce water logging and stalinisation of irrigated land to decrease the negative environmental and other externalities (caused by over extraction of ground water and depletion and pollution of surface water).

Irrigation potential in the Sonitpur District is developed both from surface and ground water sources. The Irrigation Department is responsible for creation of major medium and minor Irrigation schemes. The surface flow and lift Irrigation schemes are constructed mostly in the perennial rivers, streams and natural damages etc. The deep tube wells and shallow tube wells Irrigation schemes are constructed to draws underground water to meet the Irrigation needs.