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Sreehari P.,SSN College of Engineering | Murali Krishna T.,Civil Engineering RMK Engineering College | Ravikumar G.,Anna University
European Journal of Scientific Research | Year: 2012

Water User Association (WUA) is a group of water users, such as irrigators, who pool their financial, technical, material, and human resources for the operation and maintenance of a water system. A WUA usually elects leaders, handles disputes internally, collects fees, and implements maintenance. Andhra Pradesh has demonstrated the political will, by initiating widespread irrigation reforms through legislation. It has passed an act to help the farmers in their irrigation needs and has taken several initiatives in improving effectiveness in participatory management system. In this study an attempt has been made to find out the awareness level of the provisions of the APFMIS1997 act among the WUA along Alimadugu User Association of tail end of Pyderu Canal of Pennar Delta and also to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the functioning of WUA. Pyderu canal, which is part of Pennar delta in Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh (AP) State is selected as the study area. The total ayacut in the Pennar delta is 2.50 lakh acres. The total ayacut along Pyderu canal is 40,000 acres. There are 14 WUA'S functioning along this canal. The study finds that even though IMT (Irrigation Management Transfer) is aimed by Government by enacting APFMIS act 1997, at the field level there are many constraints in promoting this process. © EuroJournals Publishing, Inc. 2012.

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