Illegal dynamiting of hillocks for stone quarrying and crushing activities are wreaking havoc in the Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) of Bannerghatta National Park (BNP). Stone quarrying activity is going on unchecked in Ragihalli and Shivanahalli villages adjacent to the Park just outside Bengaluru, destroying families and endangering wildlife, as stones rain down upon their homes every day. Most of the quarries operating are inside the ESZ boundary of the park (see map below).
What you can do
Help us put a stop to this by joining us in signing on to the following letter to the concerned officials mentioned below, urging them to take urgent action to save Bengaluru’s beloved Bannerghatta.
Your voice is powerful. Add your name below & make it heard now to save Bannerghatta!
Thank you for your support!
This campaign is now closed. Almost 2000 concerned citizens from all walks of life have added their signature to this memo, which will be reaching the authorities soon. Watch this space for further updates on this campaign.
Learn more about the issue
Our letter will be sent to:
- The Additional Chief Secretary – Forests, Ecology & Environment, Government of Karnataka
- The Chairman, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board
- The Chief Wildlife Warden, Karnataka Forest Department
- The Director – Mines & Geology, Government of Karnataka
See download section for the official memo that will be submitted to the authorities after adding your signature.
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has issued a notification constituting the ESZ with widths ranging from 100 mts to 4.5 kms from the National Park boundary. The notification categorizes stone quarrying and crushing as prohibited activities. Local politicians with vested interests in stone quarrying are now trying their best to dilute the ESZ notification by further reducing the area.
Over 200 trucks transport the stones outside of the area every single day, causing tremendous disturbance and degradation of a fragile habitat that is home to iconic endangered species like elephants, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears, gaur, sambar, pangolins apart from the large numbers of amphibians, reptiles and birds!
As can be seen in the map below, these activities are being carried out right in the middle of the ESZ of BNP (see Google Earth satellite imagery of the quarries in the ESZ) that has been notified to protect an important elephant habitat in southern India that also ensures habitat connectivity with Cauvery Sanctuary to the South. The affected areas are also home to forests that form the watershed for several streams that go on to become tributaries of the Cauvery river – the lifeline of the entire region. All of this is going on unchecked, blatantly violating several environmental and wildlife protection laws, despite multiple orders by both the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Karnataka banning such activities in the region.
It is once again our duty to let decision makers know that nature lovers in India and Bengaluru’s citizens oppose the destruction of our unique and treasured national park. Your intervention will ensure that Bengaluru’s unique national park is not lost forever.