Dehradun: Uttarakhand, a state home to many rivers and waterfalls has vast areas which are parched with thirst. Nearly 98 percent of the land in Devbhoomi (Land of God) lacks natural source of water, reveals the recent satellite survey conducted by Uttarakhand Space Application Centre (USAC).

Under the National Wetland Inventory and Assessment Project, the scientists at USAC are studying the wetland regions of the state. The data collected by the survey has brought into light that out of the total land area of around 54,000 square kilometer in the state, only 1,000 square km of land has traces of natural water resource.

Surprisingly, as per the survey, there are 816 natural water resources in Uttarakhand out of 628 are small water reservoirs. The figures are an indication of taking some concrete steps in conserving the wetlands.

Speaking on the issue, Dr MM Kimothi of USAC said, “A detailed report on the wetland areas of the state will be soon forwarded to Chief Minister. It is important to chalk out schemes for increasing wetlands.”