The objective is to optimize the conjunctive use of surface and ground water for agriculture and to reduce flooding.
The project tentatively consists of the following four components:
• Component One: Irrigation Modernization This component aims to reduce operational water losses across the system and allow the available water to service a greater combined area across all crop seasons. The investment would include improving water conveyance and allocation and increasing storage potential and strengthening institutions that are responsible for irrigation management.
• Component Two: Water Resources Management. This component mainly aims to alleviate annualized flooding in the Lower Damodar sub-basin area. The investment would mitigate flooding hotspots by carrying out channel desilting works, flow regulation structure modification and embankment reconstruction at key locations. In close collaboration with the World Bank-funded Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project, the investment would also include measures to strengthen forecasting and analysis capability to improve dam operation and water storage management in upstream reservoirs. Opportunities will also be explored for ways to capture and direct wet season water in order to recharge groundwater.
• Component Three: Command Area Development. This component would complement the irrigation system improvement under Component One, with the aim of improving water delivery and allocation below the outlet level (effectively at tertiary command level). The investment would include infrastructure development, capacity strengthening and institutional reforms for improving irrigation at tertiary command level.
• Component Four: Project Management and Institutional Development. This component would support strengthening of the capacity for project management of both the IWD and the Project Management Unit , including, inter alia, procurement, financial management and monitoring and evaluation.
For more information about project financing, please review the project summary.
The Project will be co-financed with the World Bank (WB), and AIIB has agreed with the WB that the Environmental and Social Safeguard Policies and related procedures of the WB (WB Safeguard Policies) will apply to this project. AIIB is satisfied that: (i) the WB Safeguard Policies are consistent with the Bank’s Articles of Agreement and materially consistent with the provisions of the Bank’s Environmental and Social Policy and relevant Environmental and Social Standards; and (ii) that appropriate monitoring procedures are in place for the project.
Prasanna V. Salian
Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance
Government of India
Sri Subir Kumar Laha
Chief Engineer & Project Director, Irrigation & Waterways Department, Government of West Bengal