Do you agree that rivers play an important role in the economy of the country? Give reasons in support of your answers.
Yes. I agree that rivers play an important role in the economy of the country. The reasons are as follows:
a. As rivers are the source of fresh water, many settlements developed on the river banks. Gradually, these settlements developed into big cities. Some cities which are located on the banks of rivers are Lucknow, Kolkata, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Chennai.
b. Many industries initially developed in the cities located on the river bank as river water could be used in various industrial processes.
c. River water is used for irrigation. This is significant as more than 50% of the people in India are engaged in agricultural activities.
The falling water of rivers is used in the production of hydroelectricity.
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