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'Sand mining impacts enviornment adversely'
5/16/2018 11:04:34 PM
Arun Jasrotia
Early Times Report
Jammu, May 16: Sand extraction from river beds may generate revenue but it spills disaster to the ecology, said environmentalists and water conservation experts.
Some Experts of Biological & environmental Studies while talking to ET disclosed that sand mining operations are affecting numerous animal species, including fish, crustaceans other aquatic fauna and flora.
He added that use of advance machines inside the rivers has become a major threat to the environment.
They said it has not only destroyed flora and fauna but also triggers major natural calamities .
He added that sand mining is not only often carried out illegally, it can also have devastating consequences on the environment that can endanger the lives of local populations.
Sand mining can lead to degradation of river beds, erosion of banks, deterioration of water quality, reduction of ground-water availability, reduction of crops yields.
He added that "we have seen the impact to disturbance with the rivers and their resources in the recent Uttarakhand floods , When sand and boulders are removed by using heavy machines, the erosion capacity of the river increases. Sand and boulders prevent the river from changing the course and act as a buffer for the riverbed but its unfortunate that some people for some rupees Playing with the Nature that would impact a lot on human lives in coming time.
He added that if this practice is still going on than one day we loss every thing in natural calamities like flash floods . Unplanned and rampant removal of sand from riverbeds also amounts to destroying the habitat of biodiversity, he added .
"There are a lot of micro-organisms that are not visible and widely known, but are critical to soil structure and fertility. When we dredge sand, we literally take away their habitat. he also also worried about the methods used for mining, cautioning against the use of intrusive techniques such as the use of heavy excavator machines. "When we mine sand using excavator machines the results can be destructive.
In the Himalayan areas especially sand mining should be carried out manually but who care the department is in deep slumber and the mining continue almost all over the state illegal or illegal way . Use of machines has been banned NGT,but they are used freely for sand mining. The construction agency has been using JCB machines to dig out sand from middle of Tawi River by using powerful machines; it will impact environment adversely.
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