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Devprayag, Mussoorie Among Five Indian Cities Facing Water Insecurity: Study

Map showing Towns facing water insecurities (Mussoorie, Devprayag among them)
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Dehradun: Thirteen towns across four countries, including two from Uttarakhand (Mussoorie and Devprayag) are facing increased water insecurity in the wake of inadequate urban planning along with a rapidly changing climate, said a published study ‘water’ on Sunday.

The study revolves around Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region among four countries – Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. The three other Indian towns include, Singtam, Kalimpong and Darjeeling.

A first-of-its-kind study on the HKH –shows that interlinkages of water availability, water supply systems, rapid urbanization, and consequent increase in water demand (both daily and seasonal) are leading to increasing water insecurity in towns in these regions. This water insecurity is attributed to poor water governance, lack of urban planning, poor tourism management during peak season, and climate-related risks and challenges.

The study also shows that communities are coping through short-term strategies such as groundwater extraction, which is proving to be unsustainable. This requires the special attention of planners and local governments.

Although only 3 per cent of the total HKH population lives in larger cities and 8 per cent in smaller towns, projections show that more than 50 per cent of the population will be living in cities by 2050. This will eventually place tremendous stress on water availability.

Inputs: The Indian Express