In order to help the Irrigation Department put a stop to water theft from irrigation channels in the Punjab, the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has released a smartphone application that will monitor the irrigation system for any discrepancies.
A recent report released by the Irrigation Department of Punjab states that farmers at the tail-ends of the water channels in the region were being deprived of nearly 60% to 65% of their share by landlords located upstream. This in turn caused major hurdles in proper agricultural production and even resulted in perfectly fertile land becoming barren as a result of a lack of water.
According to PITB Chairman, Umar Saif, the application will be able to collect relevant data in real-time which will include geo-tagged pictorial evidence of water theft. The tool is said to act as a major deterrent against embezzlement and malpractices in the Irrigation Department. The Chairman said the application will be used by beldaars, gauge readers, sub-engineers and chief engineers so that they may monitor water theft, maintenance work and development schemes.