Crowd funding support sought for book on sand mining

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Synopsis from the author of the book, Kiran Pereira

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Sand has always been perceived to be a symbol of abundance in many cultures. It is popularly believed to be both renewable as well as inexhaustible. This book will challenge that perception and draw the reader’s attention to a common yet surprising phenomenon of the scarcity of sand as a resource. From glass to urban infrastructure, from silicon chips to pharmaceutical products, sand is … Read More

Illegal Sand Mining, Shimsha River, Karnataka

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This photographer made this image of illegal sand mining activities going on the Shimsha river bed near Kokkare Bellur (see location below). This could destroy the sanctuary for the Spot-billed Pelicans and Painted Storks which depend on the fish from this river.

This image of sand mining in the Cauvery river captures the norm rather than the exception: across the length of the river, and its tributaries (like Shimsha), sand is being gouged out at a pace that is hundreds … Read More

Decentralization of Environmental Clearance for sustainable sand mining: Javadekar


Decentralization of Environmental Clearance for sustainable sand mining: Javadekar
Digging of well for irrigation or drinking water; and digging of foundation for buildings not requiring prior environmental clearance. Excavation of ordinary earth or clay for plugging of any breach caused in canal, 'nala', drain, water body, etc., to ...
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Sand mining: New environmental clearance norms notifiedPress Trust of India
Govt decentralises eco-clearance for sand miningHindu Business Line
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NGT stays sand mining in MP during monsoon – Times of India

NGT stays sand mining in MP during monsoonTimes of IndiaBHOPAL: National Green Tribunal on Monday stayed sand mining in the entire state of Madhya Pradesh on the ground that it is damaging river ecology. Previously, state government extended mining act...