Consider the following statements about the watermill technology in India:

  1. The use of the technology is more widespread in Southern India in comparison to Northern India
  2. Traditionally, watermill technology is used for grinding grains.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Answer: [B] Only 2

Watermill is a centuries old technology, it is said that this technology started around 7th century. This technology is widespread over the hilly territories of Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh and North East India. The watermills popularly known as ‘gharats’ in Himachal Pradesh, have traditionally been used for rice hulling, milling of grain and other mechanical applications. With the advent of new technology these can be used to produce electricity, not only energy requirement can be met but it would boost the economic and social condition of power producers.

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