1. The Irrigation and Water Resource Management Project (IWRMP) is financed by the World Bank (WB), the Government of Nepal (GON), and the involved Water User Associations (WUAs), and is being executed by Department of Irrigation (DOI). The IWRMP comprises four Components, A through D:

A – Rehabilitation and Modernization of Irrigation Infrastructure

B – Irrigation Management Transfer Reform

C – Institutional and Policy Support for Improved Water Management

D – Integrated Crop Water Management

This progress report confines itself to details relating to Component B, being implemented by the Department of Irrigation (DOI) under IWRMP.

  1. The overall objective of Component B is to improve irrigation service performance and service delivery to selected irrigation systems in the Terai through the completion and consolidation of Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) to the relevant Water Users Association (WUAs). The component is designed to address problems exhibited in large public irrigation schemes (Agency Managed Irrigation Systems or AMIS) of below capacity performance, poor O&M, low cost recovery, and inadequate maintenance funds.
  2. The original scope of project interventions envisioned working in 9 subsystems, then was reduced to 4 subsystems for the Original Scope, and then later 3 more subsystems were added for Additional Financing as shown in Table E-A:

Table E-A: Component B Irrigation Systems/sub-systems Command Areas

Irrigation System

Original Project

Additional Financing Revised Project

No. of WUA

Schemes/sub-systems

Sub-Project Command Area

Schemes/sub-systems

Sub-Project Command Area

Ongoing Work Sites (Original Scope)

 

 

 

 

 

Sunsari Morang (SMIS) (total system 62,000 ha)

Sitagunj SC

Ramgunj SC

Biratnagar SC

8,000 ha

7,800 ha

5,000 ha

Ramgunj SC

 

6,887 ha

1

Narayani (NIS) (total system 37,000 ha)

Blocks 2 & 8

Blocks 1, 3, & 9

Blocks 4, 5, & 6

6,000 ha

8,400 ha

6,000 ha

Block 2

3,000 ha

1

Mahakali (MIS) (total system 10,800 ha)

Stage I

Stage II

4,800 ha

6,000 ha

Stage II

5,100 ha

6,500 ha

1

Active Sites Sub-Total

9   Schemes

61,000 ha

3   Schemes

21,487 ha

4

 

  1. An essential part of successful IMT is for the WUAs to be able to collect Irrigation Service Fees from farmers in order for the WUAs to be able to take responsibility for their share of O & M costs. The willingness of farmers to pay ISF depends, in turn, on the benefits they receive from the improvements to the irrigation systems in the IMT process. The progress in collection of ISF is presented below in Table E-B:

  Table E-B: Component B Sub-systems ISF Collection Progress (NRs)

ISF Items

RIS/SMIS

NIS-2

MIS-II

Target (NRs)

7,214,000

1,800,000

3,666,000

Collections during the years:

 

 

 

2071/72

280,000

263,835

780,988

2072/73

0

150,000

735,013

 

  1. A key activity for IMT is to provide infrastructure rehabilitation and upgrading to the sub-systems, here referred to as Essential Structural Improvements (ESI). The progress in ESI for the different packages in the Additional Financing 3 sub-systems is underway as summarized in Table E-C:

Table E-C: Component B Sub-systems ESI Progress

ESI Items, work underway

RIS/SMIS

32-81% complete

NIS-2

<10% complete

MIS-2

35-65% complete

Additional ESI Works

 

 

 

     No. of packages complete

0

0

0

     No. of packages incomplete

7

5

4

 

  1. Work is presently underway in each subsystem for preparing Asset Management Plans (AMP). The status of preparation is summarized below in Table E-D:

 

Table E-D: Component B Sub-systems Draft AMP Completion Date

 

Sub-projects

AMP Status

Draft AMP Target Completion Date

RIS/SMIS

Inventory listing complete

February, 2017

NIS-2

To be started November 2016

January, 2017

MIS-II

To be started November 2016

January, 2017