According to the bank website, "the project will provide solutions to two key constraints of the Ara main canal system performance including (1) irrigation and drainage infrastructure cannot support current needs, and (2) management and operation of the main system do not respond to farmers' needs. The project will also provide agriculture and marketing support services to help farmers maximizing project benefits. Targeted interventions will ensure that women engaged in agriculture equally benefits from the project.
The project will introduce both technical and institutional innovations. Technical innovations will include: (1) provision of supervisory control and data acquisition system and decision support system for accurate water distribution and canal operations; and (2) development of highly efficient conjunctive surface and groundwater distribution systems which may be equipped with a pre-paid SIM card meter system for water fee collection. The conjunctive surface and groundwater systems will allow farmers to either pump from surface canal water or groundwater depending on availability. It will help adapt to future reduction of surface water availability due to climate change.
On the institutional side, the project will introduce the design build operate (DBO) contracting modality for the design, construction and operation of the conjunctive surface and groundwater distribution systems. The DBO approach brings answers to critical lessons learned from past irrigation projects.
Responsible ADB Officer Cauchois, Arnaud M.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Bihar Department of Agriculture
Department of Agriculture, Barrack no. 13, Main Secretariat, Patna, India 800015
Bihar Water Resources Department
Sinchai Bhawan, Patna
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