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Plan to revive over three million springs in 10 hill states on the cards

New Delhi, Aug 16, 2019. India has drawn up an extensive plan to revive over three million springs in the Himalayan region across ten states that faced water scarcity due to drying up of springs or reduced discharge.

Tourist destinations such as Shimla, Nainital and Gangtok faced acute water crisis in peak season. “A comprehensive policy is in the pipeline to revive and rejuvenate large number of springs in the Himalayan region to make them perennial”, said a senior government official, aware of the development.

On the cards is a spring-shed development programme, which could be jointly funded by Center and the state that will supplement the government’s efforts to provide clean drinking water to every household under the Jal Shakti Mission.

Niti Aayog has already initiated consultations with all 10 states individually and stakeholder ministries to bring them on board following a consensus on the subject at the recently held first conclave of 10 states in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR). These include Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur,, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and the state of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir.