Water Resource Development

Development, Management and Extension Services in Water Resources. Water Harvesting and Conservation Structures, Ground Water Recharge, Community Lift Irrigation Schemes, Development of irrigation potential, Participatory Irrigation Management covering 150 villages.

Arpan is implementing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) project funded by EU-SPP through SWRPD, GoR, Jaipur in Churu district. An IWRM approach promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources, in order to maximize the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.

This includes more coordinated development and management of land and water, surface water and groundwater, the river basin and its adjacent environment, upstream and downstream interests. IWRM is also about reforming human systems to enable people to benefit from those resources.

An IRWM approach focuses on three basic pillars and explicitly aims at avoiding a fragmented approach of water resources management by considering the following aspects:

  • An enabling environment of suitable policies, strategies and legislation for sustainable water resources development and management,
  • Putting in place the institutional framework through which to put into practice the policies, strategies and legislation, and
  • Setting up the management instruments required by these institutions to do their job.

The major objectives of this project are:

  1. Equitable access to safe, adequate, affordable and sustainable water supply
  2. Conservation, stabilization and replenishment of surface and ground water

State Water Resource Planning Department is the Coordinating Department while the Line Departments – Water Resource Department (WRD), Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), Ground Water Department (GWD), Watershed Development & Soil Conservation (WD&SC), Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department (RDPRD) – Looking after investment component and Department of Agriculture (DoA) are active stakeholders in implementation of IWRM plans.

District IWRM teams have been constituted in 2009 (all above departments are part of DIWRM team) and IWRM plans for the districts have been developed in Phase I of this project.