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Notes on the Geography of India Themes: Irrigation 3: the Sequel: Photo 5

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Down in the trenches: a warabandi sign. The term means "rotation," and the sign specifies the times when each farmer is allowed to take the entire flow of one small distributary. It sounds good, but don't believe everything you read. The NSP project was hydraulic anarchy, at least when this photo was taken in 1981. Extract from government report: farmers are "resorting to a lot of irrigation indiscipline by breaching the major [canals] at several reaches and changing the pipes [outlet points] as per their own convenience."

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