Sand Mining

Sand Mining 2018: Is Illegal Sand Mining A National Menace?

We have presented through separate articles, overview of sand mining issues of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana-Andhra Pradesh, East India and North East India, in addition to one on murders, violence, threats and infrastructure damages due to illegal sand mining. This compilation tries to throw some light on the sand mining related issue of 2018 in remaining states with the help available media reports.

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Maletha; Redefining ‘Development’ to Protect Cultural and Natural Heritage

About Maletha Placed in middle Himalaya, Maletha[1] is a prosperous village of about 450 households in Tehri district of Uttarakhand. The village is settled next to National Highway 58, on right bank of Alaknanda River at a vertical distance of 400 meters in Kirti Nagar block. It is about 25 km upstream from Devprayag where Alaknanda from left and Bhagirathi from right side, unite to form the Ganga River. 

Goggle Imagery of Maletha Village
Goggle Imagery of Maletha Village (30*14’01.95” N 78*43’24.69”E elev 572 meter)
1- Maletha Village 5-Tunnel part of irrigation channel* 9- 2013 flood affected farm * 13- Stone Crusher
2-Maletha Farmland 6-Alaknanda River 10-Stone Crusher 14- Stone Crusher
3- Maletha Temple 7-Chandrabhaga River 11- Stone Crusher 15-Proposed Railway line
4- Maletha Irrigation Channel 8-National Highway-58 12- Stone Crusher 16-Proposed Railway Station

5* Villagers have built Madho Singh Bhandari’s memorial there                                                                                              9* June 2013 flood has deposited about 25feet high sand on river banks and submersed around 10 acres of agricultural land turning them unproductive.

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