Updated: Jun 28, 2019

How solar lifting of water eased out the lives of the inhabitants of Churredhar, a highly elevated village of Garhwal, Uttarakhand

Village Churredhar of Tehri district, Garhwal, Uttarakhand.

How much water people have depends very much on where they live. People’s access to water is determined by their social, economic and geographical position, and many a time it’s the interplay of a combination of these factors. The 2018 report prepared by five working groups set up by Niti Aayog brought due attention to springs in the mainstream discourse. This has been a remarkable attempt by the government in bringing the issue of springshed management to centre stage in the context of sustainable development in the Indian Himalayan Region. Springshed management has been an integral part of the agenda of some notable organisations in the country. However, despite making attempts at reviving these springs, what largely remains a challenge is to bring water to villages at a higher elevation having no other source of water.