Irrigation Commission 1901

After the disastrous famine period of 1896-1900, there was an emphasis on pushing for more internal administration reforms with greater vigor. In this context, construction of irrigation works in accordance with the broad plans was outlined by an Irrigation Commission under Sir Colin Scott-Moncrieff.

  • This commission was appointed by Lord Curzon.

    The most important part of these undertakings was Punjab, which comprised of 2714 miles of main canal. A project to cover all the areas was developed, which would construct smaller canals and link them with the main canal thus practically completing the possible development of irrigation in the Punjab. However, this work was later authorized in 1905 and it took more than 2 decades to get completed.

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