TRPP as it is shortly known was launched in the year 1998 with the European Union supporting the project along with the partnership of Govt of Puducherry (Irrigation Wing of PWD) and the Irrigation Tank Users. Reputed grassroots NGOs were roped in to create a positive environment for the implementation of this multi-stakeholder project with Water Harvest, Auroville and Centre for Ecology & Rural Development (http://www.psfcerd.org) as the first Nodal Agencies. Later Ekoventure, Palmyra (Auroville) etc. also joined the project. After the first phase of five years, the project was continued by the GoP for another five years and the project completed ten years in 2008 when it was abruptly closed.
But the new Govt. of Puducherry has decided to relaunch the project and CERD and Pondicherry Science Forum welcomes this good decision of the Govt of Puducherry.