Energy Technologies for Mountains
Water & Sanitation for Mountains
Water & Sanitation in Arid Lands

The Himalayan region suffers from an immense technology gap and its associated problems. With most technologies for water, energy, communication, etc. being typically designed for the more populated plains, they fail in the face of the climatic severities and geophysical stresses of the Himalayas. Himalayan communities therefore are deprived of the benefits of technology in their lives, in terms of energy and communication, and for irrigation and value addition to local produce. People continue to be dependant on methods that are frequently resource inefficient, leading to unsustainable use of land, forest and water resources of the Himalayas. The state of the resources in the mountains has not been spared the ravages of time either and water sources are being increasingly polluted and supplies are shrinking while ugly accumulations of solid waste have appeared in mountain villages & towns.

Pragya aims to reach the benefits of technology, primarily in the energy and water sectors, to deprived mountain communities. The project is working on moulding existing technologies in irrigation to the unique conditions and requirements of the Himalayan region. It is promoting the adoption of a range of technologies that aid the reach of irrigation to previously unirrigated lands, while also improving harvesting, storage, and efficient use and purification for domestic needs.

Pragya is also developing local capacity and enterprises for technology sales & service in the water sector.

The project is being implemented in:
7 districts (Kargil, Leh, Lahaul & Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Chamoli, Tawang) in the Indian Himalayas, across the western, central and eastern divisions; and 3 districts (Humla, Dolpa, and Mustang) in the Nepal Himalayas.
Flexible Water Tanks - Kharnak

Unpredictable, harsh climatic conditions and the livestock-dependent pastoralist inhabitants characterize...


Snow pits - Sakling
Residents of Sakling village (alt. 3755m) in the district of Lahaul & Spiti are dependent on a spring situated 2 km above the village...



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