Q. 5

How has the Indira Gandhi Canal irrigation in Rajasthan has influenced the environmental conditions of the region positively?

Answer :

The ‘Indira Gandhi Canal Command Area’ has used the methods of intensive irrigation in the crop fields to improve the condition of agriculture in various areas of Rajasthan. Some of the positive benefits of Indira Gandhi Canal irrigation in Rajasthan are described as follows:

A positive transformation has been done in the ecology, economy and in the society of people in this area.


The availability of soil moisture for a longer period of time due to the application of intensive irrigation in the crop fields and various afforestation and pasture development programmes under CAD have resulted in creating greenery in such a dry, rugged terrain.


Due to the presence of lush greenery, there has been a reduction in wind erosion in this area.


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