12000 springs dry up in Uttarakhand

  • By TOI
  • | Wednesday | 22nd June, 2016

DEHRADUN: A staggering 12,000 natural springs in Uttarakhand have dried up. The entire program would percolate down to local communities which would maintain these revived springs. "The state government, too, has decided to encourage people in reviving or maintaining water bodies and springs in their areas by bearing one third of the cost of the total expenditure for such endeavors," he said The proposal was prepared after two-day marathon deliberations on the topic 'Reviving springs in Uttarakhand' at a workshop organised by the Dehradun-based NGO People's Science Institute (PSI) which concluded on Wednesday.Providing details, Harshvardhan Dhawan, member of the Arghyam Foundation, said, "Out of an estimated 60,000-odd springs in the state, it was decided that we need to work on urgent revival and maintenance of some 12,000 springs which have dried up. "Chief secretary Shatrughan Singh, who was present at the event, added that water crisis was one of the major reasons which precipitated migration from the hill villages.

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