"The Indian Council of Agricultural research has given priority to control and manage salinity problems that have developed in north-west India. Multi-disciplinarytaskforces have recommended installation of subsurface drainage for salinity control,based on design and management techniquesdeveloped by the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), to rehabilitate lands with excess soil salinity. After small-scale studies, large-scale pilot projects were launched to install subsurface drainage in problem areas. One such attempt in was initiated in the north-west region of India where a large-scale drainage project was carried out with Dutch collaboration. We assessed the impact of investments in subsurface drainage in order to validate past funding on research of drainage in India.