Philippe Cullet and Sujith Koonan

in Water Law in India

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198070818
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080762 | DOI:

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Irrigation law is one of the oldest and most developed areas of water law. Irrigation acts adopted in different parts of the country reflect, in part, the varied irrigation practices of different climates and cultures. This chapter begins with a discussion of the Bihar Irrigation Act, 1997, which is noteworthy insofar as it conforms to a model that can be traced back several decades. It then considers the reforms in irrigation law that have been introduced in various states over the past couple of decades. The focus is on decentralization and participation in irrigation management, and the policy measures proposed centre around the establishment of water user associations.

Keywords: Bihar Irrigation Act 1997; water law; irrigation law; irrigation management; water user associations

Chapter.  28898 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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