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

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Canal Performance in Northwest India-Is It So Bad

Canal Performance in Northwest India Is It So Bad? Robert Wade THE warabandi method of water allocation used for canal operation in Punjab and Haryana canals has often been held up as an effective method for ensuring equality of water supply (equal amount of water per unit area, independently of location in relation to water source). A recent paper by Malhotra, Raheja, and Seckler1 provided evidence to question this conclusion, and in reviewing the book which contains the paper I drew attention to the inequality which their evidence suggested.2 However, Malhotra and colleagues have subsequently greatly extended their data and their analysis,3 as a result of which their preliminary results published in the above- mentioned paper have been overturned. Their new paper deserves to be read by anyone concerned with irrigation, not only for its results but even more for its methodology.

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