The Odisha Community Tank Development and Management Society (OCTDMS) has been formed as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under the Department of Water Resources, Government of Odisha and will conceptualize and operationalize the Odisha Community Tank Management Project (OCTMP). The project envisages execution through primary and secondary institutions from the State Project Unit to the Community Level Groups with facilitation of Support Organization. In consonance with the overall National Framework of GoI, the Odisha Community Tank Management Project (OCTMP) has been conceived with an overarching project objective for selected tank based producers to improve agricultural productivity and water users associations to manage tank systems effectively. Government of Odisha in partnership with Government of India has initiated a project to repair and rehabilitate approximately 900 minor irrigation tanks having a command area of 40 ha to 2000 Ha and covering 1.20 lakh ha across the state of Odisha with funding from World Bank. Tank irrigation is one of the oldest methods of irrigation in Odisha. The State has 28,303 tanks approximately, including tanks of the Government and Private Sector (GoI, Minor Irrigation Census, 2001). About 3847 of these tanks are relatively large with an irrigation capacity of 5.69 million hectares. These 3847 tanks irrigate between 40 ha to 2000 ha of land and are managed by the MI Department.
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