Integrated water resource development in the Subarnarekha river basin
Keywords:Integrated river basin, resources, management
The Subarnarekha, an important rain-fed river basin in Eastern India, faces a large number of hydrological, utilization and managerial problems. The attributes and practical application of integrated water management require a detailed evaluation of its components to state its changing need. This paper presents a conceptual note on the status of water resources, problems associated with and perspectives on the integrated river water management in the Subarnarekha river basin. The study has used primary and secondary data sources to analyze the stated purpose. It was found that the key to mitigating water stress is to adopt a bottom-up approach by linking the watershed programme to the irrigation management project within IWRM at the sub-basin level which could address the participation of all stakeholders and strengthens local governance instead of a centralized administration. Intra-basin water transfer other than inter-linkages of rivers was also emphasized.