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Proposed Action Programme to Maintain Groundwater Levels and Achieve Sustainable Agriculture in Tamil Nadu

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Sivanappan, R.K.
Date: 1991
Agency: Overseas Development Institute, London
Series: Irrigation Management Network Paper 5
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4625
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): groundwater
water management
Abstract: "Groundwater is extracted through 1.6 m wells to irrigate about 1.2 MHa in Tamil Nadu, which is almost 40% of the total irrigated area. The depth of open wells vary from 10-15 m in some pockets and near the river bank to 50-70 m in districts like Coimbatore. Bores inside the open well have gone to a depth of another 50-70 m in various places. Groundwater bores have gone up to 100-150 m. The groundwater table has depleted from 10 m to 50 m in the last 40-50 years. The area of irrigation by each well has reduced from 1.5 ha to less than 1 ha in the last 20-30 years."

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