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Major and Medium Irrigation Projects

Irrigation projects with a Culturable Command Area (CCA) between 2,000 and 10,000 hectares are classified as medium projects and those with CCA of more than 10,000 hectares as major projects. The expenditure incurred on major and medium projects and the irrigation potential created during various plan periods is indicated below:

* Provisional and are subject to change.

Irrigation Potential Created and Utilised Under Minor Irrigation Scheme (Expenditure Incurred and Potential Created)
Period Outlay/expenditure (Rs. in crore) Potential created (million hectares) Cumulative (million hectares)
Pre-Plan period Not available 9.70 9.70
First Plan (1951-56) 376 2.50 12.20
Second Plan (1956-61) 380 2.13 14.33
Third Plan (1961-66) 576 2.24 16.57
Annual Plans (1966-69) 430 1.53 18.10
Fourth Plan (1969-74) 1,242 2.60 20.70
Fifth Plan (1974-78) 2,516 4.02 24.72
Annual Plans (1978-80) 2,079 1.89 26.61
Sixth Plan (1980-85) 7,369 1.09 27.70
Seventh Plan (1985-90) 11,107 2.22 29.92
Annual Plans (1990-92) 5,459 0.82 30.74
Eighth Plan (1992-97) 21,669 2.22 32.96
Ninth Plan (1997-2002) 42,968 4.10 37.06
Tenth Plan outlay (2002-2007) 71,213 6.50 (Target)* 43.56

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 17-02-2011