Our Beautiful State and its Water Resources

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There is absolutely no scarcity of the rivers and its tributaries in Himachal Pradesh. Our state has been blessed with lots of river out of which the major include Satluj, Beas and Ravi. Talking of the portable water, although there are no major crisis of the potable water and more than 80% of population has been benefited by the water pipeline spread by Irrigation and Public Health Department of our state.

The most unfortunate thing is that there is hardly any concern about the Potable water reservoirs known as ‘Bowries’ and ‘Khaatris’ in local language. While traveling across our state, one can see various fresh water sources and these reservoirs which have been made by carving out small hillocks or a portion of the ground. These reservoirs are hardly used for drinking purposes anymore, though they were of great importance during ancient times.

My concern is that these reservoirs have now became a history and their condition is getting worse day by day. They need to be looked after, even if they are not used, let us preserve them as our heritage. They can also prove of great importance during the scarce conditions.These reservoirs have to be saved from getting destroyed. Our Govt. is spending lot of money in finding out new ways of water conservation but our traditional ways are facing extinction. Not only Govt. but we the citizens of Himachal Pradesh should also take steps to save these important reservoirs.

By Gauri Basant Sharma, A student of Engineering at Jaypee University- Solan.

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