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Why are rivers important for the country’s economy? 

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Rivers are highly important for the country’s economy. Following are some of the points which indicate the importance of rivers for the country’s economy: 

 The rivers contain natural fresh (sweet) water which is required for the survival of most of the animals including man. 

 They provide water for irrigation and cultivation. 

 They make soil rich and arable which can be easily brought under cultivation without much labour. 

 Used for navigation and transport thus, important for commercial activities. 

 Estuaries near the sea-shores, where the sweet water mixes freely with the salty water of the oceans, have proved one of the most biologically productive areas of the world. 

 The rivers are being harnessed for generating hydro-electric power. 

 Some lakes are also important tourist spots e.g. Dal Lake, Nainital etc.

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