Most of the villages in Uttarakhand and other Hill states are dependent on water supply coming from the forest. It is known as the purest and most healthy water - even better than packed mineral water. Traditionally, these areas have been managed by villagers but presently no attention is given to water management. Moreover, a number of forests have been converted to roads, residential areas, industrial and other commercial purposes. There is a serious need to preserve and mange forests for sustainable water supply in rural and remote hill villages.
Urgam Valley, Uttarakhand, India
Dr. Deepak Dhyani