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Stone Quarrying in Jaipur/Do we need to celebrate Earth Day?

Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day!

Our planet Earth

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And how do we celebrate Earth Day?

Let me share an instance of how we humans are plundering our planet Earth, causing severe ecological damage in our never ending quest for the profits.

Jhalana Dungari (Dungar means hill in local language) is a classic example of the damage caused to the local ecology. It’s a hill range which forms natural barrier in the East direction.

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Jhalana hills and Jhalana forest in Jaipur

Incidentally, Jhalana Forest in Jaipur is  famous for the Leopard safari, among the wildlife enthusiasts in India. These hills have contributed to city’s development by way of supplying stone for construction of houses and buildings, for years. Stone crushing units lined the base of this hill range until the court decision banned their activity due to the proximity to human settlement and ecological reasons. This picture shows the scars of mining. The rock in the foreground is all that is left of a small hill! Such an eyesore!

Damage caused by extensive quarrying & mining in Jhalana Hills, adjoining Jhalana forest area, Jaipur

While the blasting activity may have ceased in Jhalana hill range which is also a protected forest, the stone crushers moved out of city, to nearby locations post 1990’s. They now run in many surrounding areas which are only a few kilometer away from the urban settlements. Various incidents point towards strong nexus between mining/quarry mafia and political power centers engaging in illegal mining activity. Take a close look at this picture.  The entire hill has been blasted away.

One of many quarrying sites near Jaipur

The mining activity and blasting cause severe ecological damage, impacting both flora and fauna. It robs them of their natural habitat. Continuous blasting causes noise pollution; the ever-present dust particles contributes towards air pollution. Not just birds and animals, it also impacts human life. Constant exposure to the dust particles causes asthma.

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I understand that we all need resources for the quality life and it is Earth” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Earth where we all turn to. But we also need to make sure that we adhere to all legal compliance and safe practices. Damage to the local ecology needs to be curtailed. This is one of the many issues we all are facing.

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Another quarrying site near Jaipur, Scarring the Earth.

Does celebrating Earth Day helps in contributing to any cause?

Does celebrating Earth Day, make any difference?

I will love to hear your response.

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