Of 12,000 `dead' water springs....

A staggering 12,000 natural springs in Uttarakhand have dried up. In order to work towards their revival, several NGOs and other organisations have prepared a proposal to be forwarded through the state government to the union ministry of drinking water and sanitation asking for a Rs.500 crore grant to revive the water bodies. The proposal was readied after two-day deliberations on the topic `Reviving springs in Uttarakhand' at a workshop by Dehradun-based NGO People's Science Institute which concluded on Wednesday.Chief secretary Shatrughan Singh, who was present at the event, added that water crisis was one of the major reasons for migration from villages in the hills.

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