31 Dec '17, 1am

Villagers pay tragic price as Indian building boom drives demand for sand

Villagers pay tragic price as Indian building boom drives demand for sand

As supplies of sand close to major cities such as Delhi and Mumbai have become exhausted, developers are turning to more remote regions to source it, bringing them into conflict with smaller, usually vulnerable, communities. Groundwater shortages, flooding, and depletion of fish and other animal life often follow in the wake of unsustainable mining, which activists claim can also weaken bridges and barrages along the path of heavily mined rivers, leading some to collapse . No reliable data exists for the amount of sand currently being mined in India, Abdulali says. “But it’s quite clear when you visit the countryside in India, there is hardly a creek, river or beach where you don’t see the effect of sand mining.”

Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/30/india-sand-...

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