Water Resources Department
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Orissa is endowed with water in abundance. This precious gift of nature needs be developed for the economic development of the state and alleviation of poverty.
Department of Irrigation and Power was created out of the erstwhile PWD in 1958. Department and Power was separated in 1990. The Department of Irrigation was renamed as Department of Water Resources in 1994 to encompass the entire water sector of the state. All the organisations involved in development of water resources were brought under this Department. These organisations are;
· Water Resources (Major & Medium)
· Minor Irrigation
· Orissa Lift Irrigation Corporation
The Department is responsible for creation and maintenance of irrigation potential through construction of water resources projects. It also looks after Calamity Managements in the form of construction and maintenance of flood control works, reservoir operation and reconstruction of structures damaged by cyclone.
The primary activities of the department are as follows.
The state has been able to provide irrigation to about 40 % of its irrigable area. With stiff financial constraint it is trying its best to increase the coverage by availing loan from different national and international sources.
With time, demand on water is increasing by various sectors. But available usable water being limited and being scarce at times, the department is judiciously allotting water to them.
Many of the reservoirs like Hirakud, Rengali, Balimela, Kolab & Indravati are multipurpose reservoirs. In addition to providing irrigation, they generate hydro power and some of them also help in flood management. The Department tries to operate them optimally in order to derive maximum benefit.
In order to create sustainable irrigation infrastructure, the state has taken revolutionary steps in Participatory Irrigation Management in the form of “Pani Panchayat” . The state legislature has passed the Pani Panchayat Bill. The Pani Panchayat will create a feeling among the farmers to visualise the created irrigation potential in their areas as their own rather than that of the Government and will ensure operation, maintenance and management of the system.