The changing face of Aravalli mountain range

The Aravallis have prevented the desertification of the national capital, but its overexploitation for mining and construction is degrading its crucial ecosystem

One of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Aravallis extending from Gujarat/Rajasthan to Delhi-NCR, have served multiple needs for centuries. They’ve been the protector of wildlife and biodiversity, and water resources, a sink for carbon, and a source for raw material for construction and other industries. The range has also prevented the desertification of the national capital.  However, overexploitation for mining and construction, and changing climate, among other factors, has caused degraded the pristine ecosystem.

The Badkal lake near Faridabad, for instance, has completely dried up and is being used as plain ground for playing cricket and other games, by the locals. On the other hand, excessive mining in Faridabad's Sirohi village has created a pit lake.

Dumping ground or landfill site of Bandhwari in the Sohna Tehsil of Gurgaon in the heart of Aravallis is the a serious threat to the ecosystem, being the source of air, water and soil pollution. The Bandhwari waste treatment plant was shut down in 2013, still continues to allow dumping of garbage and one can easily see trucks loaded with garbage entering the plant every day. The accumulated garbage has produced a toxic leachate, collected in large pools in the dumpyard.

Policies have been put in place to control and curb the degradation of the Aravallis, but more needs to be done to sustain them.

This photo story by Aoun Hasan is a part of a long term documentation project on Aravallis for India photo archive.

 

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  • It's well researched and welll written by a young student

    Posted by: Irfan Zaidi | 3 weeks ago | Reply
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