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Shocking News! Drinking water shortage in more than 17,000 villages in Uttarakhand

The latest report of National Rural Drinking Water Program (NRDWP) revealed a grave situation of drinking water shortage in Uttarakhand. Out of 39,202 villages in Uttarakhand, only 21,363 villages have drinking water facility.  For the rest 17,839 villages, there is an water shortage either due to the dried up water sources or the failed drinking water projects. More than 2,000 villages do hot have any water facilities and have to fetch water from far off places.

According to the report, the villages in Uttarakhand need more than  3,500 crore over period of five years to provide drinking water to each village. However, the water department is sanctioned only Rs. 70 crore per year. More than 20 rivers and rivulets in the districts in Dehradun, Chamoli, Pauri, Almora, Champawat and Pithoragarh have water sources which used to provide 200 MLD (million liters per day) a decade ago, give only 110 MLD. Dehradun is the district will the lowest ground water supply.

Inputs from Dainik Jagran

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