Survey to map Himalayan springs soon

As a part of the government’s plan to revive natural sources of water in the hilly region, drones would be deployed to map all the springs in the Himalayan region. Destinations such as Shimla, Mussorie, Nainital and even Gangtok often face acute water crisis.

New Delhi: In a first of its kind survey, India will soon map all the springs in the Himalayan region of the country to form a national registry.

This is part of the government’s plan to revive natural sources of water in the hilly region. Drones would be deployed to assess the number of springs and their existing capacity.

“Springs are the lifeline of people living in the Himalayan regions. However, largescale development in the region has led to drying up of many springs which in turn has led to water scarcity,” a senior official told ET.

A pilot project will be undertaken in Tehri Gharwal under the Namami Gange initiative of the Jal Shakti ministry, the official said. Destinations such as Shimla, Mussorie, Nainital and even Gangtok often face acute water crisis. Besides, there are apprehensions that the process of drying of springs, if left unattended, could lead to largescale migration from the region.

The plan is to use the LiDAR technology with drones to assess the exact number of springs and their existing capacity based on which a concrete policy roadmap will be laid out.

Source: Economic Times

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