Faculty Advisor

Higgins, Lorraine D.

Faculty Advisor

Shockey, Ingrid K.

Center

India

Abstract

This project assessed the challenges facing traditional Himalayan watermills known as gharats. We conducted site assessments at 21 gharats and interviewed both mill owners and local grain farmers to explore the social, technical, economic, and environmental reasons for mill abandonment. Additionally, we examined the factors causing diminishing demand for gharats’ services. We developed recommendations for watermill owners, and initiated a pilot renovation on an abandoned mill to test innovations that can maintain the gharat’s tradition.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Project Center

India

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