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WITHERING WATER CRISIS WITH ARTIFICIAL GLACIERS

Avi Anuj Jain

Ladakh has always been a strategic vicinity for India. It stocks borders with Pakistan and China. Moreover, it is a distinguished place for tourism and Bollywood films (Jina, 1994). However, a plethora of challenges act as an impediment to the advancements of India’s army base in Ladakh, an iota of attention is induced to different development potentialities, particularly recognizing rural development (Bray, 1988). It becomes increasingly essential to understand the functioning of a village and related demanding situations in the everyday rural life of Ladakh (Dame & Nusser, 2008). The case attempts to spotlight the story of Ayee village situated in Nubra Valley, Ladakh. It canvasses an initiative taken by the villagers to remedy the water crisis bearing on the shortage of irrigation facilities in the village. The response of the villagers to build artificial glaciers as a water conservation technique and the challenges related to the same have been highlighted in the case.