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A retrospect of tank irrigation in Puducherry bears testimony to the vitality of self governing indigenous irrigation institutions viz. Kudimaramathu in ensuring sustainability of irrigated agriculture. While Kudimaramathu has historically been embedded in the operation and maintenance of irrigation infrastructure since the genesis of tanks, amalgamation of this traditional institution with the French governance in irrigation was instrumental in enhanced performance of old and new irrigation systems during the colonial regime.  Whereas revival of Kudimaramathu under neoliberal institutions was repudiated largely culminating in the degeneration of tank irrigation but also in the demise of Participatory Irrigation Management in Puducherry.   

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