ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Ahmedabad’s Impact on the Sabarmati River

The Sabarmati river water quality, upstream and downstream of Ahmedabad, is analysed to assess the impact of the city on the river water quality using monthly data from April 2011 to March 2017. The quality of river water when it enters the city is in keeping with prescribed norms, but the river is “dead” downstream. The impacts of water pollution caused by the city are borne by residents in the peri-urban areas.

Reservoir Fisheries Management

In developing economies, open water inland fisheries not only play an important role in the nutrition for the poor, but also provide livelihood for many people engaged in the sector. In the case of reservoir fisheries we identify various types of institutional regimes. The Tawa reservoir in Madhya Pradesh is a classic case that has experienced various management regimes in the last three decades. It provides an ideal opportunity to comprehend the performance of different regimes and their implications for productivity (efficiency criterion), wages and employment (equity criteria) and fingerlings stocking and technology use (resource sustainability criteria) across different regimes. Further, the paper details the management practices under the Tawa Matsya Sangh and emphasises that these practices should be integrated with an understanding of the resource base.

Participatory Irrigation Management Programme in Gujarat

The basic philosophy of participatory irrigation management programmes in Gujarat as in other states has been to transform irrigators from beneficiaries to partners in the planning and development of irrigation. An analysis of the experience of the programme shows that farmers' involvement in water management has indeed led to a better and smoother resolution of irrigation-related conflicts. However, the other expectation that the programme would reduce state expenditure has not materialised as yet. Water users' associations will have to be more efficient in making allocative and investment decisions. For this a clarification of legal rights is imperative.
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