Electricity and Water

Being the third-largest producer and consumer of electricity in the world, India is self-sufficient in terms of electricity. Hydroelectric, thermal, nuclear powers are the main sources from which electricity is generated here. However, to encourage people to use renewable resources, the Government of India has launched subsidy schemes for installing rooftop solar systems.

Alaknanda Hydroelectric Project

In India, the Ganges-Brahmaputra and the Indus River systems are the largest, fulfilling the water needs of Northern and Eastern areas. The groundwater resources in India accounts for over 50 per cent of the irrigated area and, there are 20 million tube wells installed, thus making India rely on it as well. Although due to the growing population and global warming, the problem of water shortage is also increasing day by day, which is an eye-opening alarm. The Government of India is continuously working on it to find measures to overcome the situation.

Alaknanda Hydroelectric Project

Renewable Source of Energy

Well, talking about Uttarakhand, the electricity and water supply in most of the areas is becoming better day by day. The State Government is constantly encouraging the people of Uttarakhand to use renewable sources of energy like Solar Panels. The government is providing subsidies on the purchase of these solar panels.

The two prime rivers of India – Ganga and Yamuna, originate from Uttarakhand itself and serve the needs of people residing in Uttarakhand, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. The rivers of the state are being used to generate electricity by creating dams on them. And, the State Government is continuously working in providing better water supply in urban and remote locations as well.

Switches and Travel Adapters

India operates on 230 Volts supply voltage, alternating at 50 Hertz per second.

There are 3 associated plug types in India which are as below: –

Type C

The plug has 2 round pins

Type D

The plug has 3 round pins in triangular

Type M

In this also, the plug has 3 round pins in triangular pattern.
Type M is often used alongside Type D plugs for larger appliances.

Important points for
tourists visiting Uttarakhand

  • Although most of the places in Uttarakhand are well versed with proper electricity supply, still there are few places which lack in continuous power supply and there maybe power cuts sometimes. However, most of the hotels have their power backup tools which they use in case of such issues
  • Always switch off the lights/AC/fans and save electricity, whenever you leave your hotel room
  • Avoid drinking water directly from the taps. You can purchase mineral water bottles or can carry your bottles and fill them from the RO/Water Purifiers, installed in most of the hotels
  • When you are on treks, you can fill up your bottles from the flowing streams/waterfalls. However, we recommend boiling such kind of water before drinking it. Or, you can carry water purification tablets with you and put them in your bottles before consuming the water
  • Do not pollute water streams, lakes and rivers by throwing garbage, plastics or urinating near them. These all are our assets and, it is our responsibility to save them from getting exploited.