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ENVIRONMENTAL activists have blasted
the Assam government for giving permission to a private party to carry out
blasting of the Chandardinga Hill in
Dhubri district. Saumyadeep Dutta,
director of Nature's Beckon, a local
environmental activist group, said the
state government had allowed a private
party, Rock Product Traders, to go for
blasting of the Chandardinga Hill to
supply rocks to Bangladesh for the construction of a dam. The activists have
alleged that the blasting would cause not
only severe environmental degradation
but also social problems leading to
untoward situation. A group of 500
activists staged a demonstration in the
area last month.
Chandardinga Hill is a reserve forest covering an area of about 284 ha and blasting has been allowed in five ha. Valuable trees and medicinal plants are found in these forests. Besides, a good number of wild animals including barking deer, leopard, porcupine etc are found in the area. The activists fear the blasting would adversely affect river dolphins living in the Brahmaputra river, flowing just beneath the hill. The blasting may also cause siltation of the river which would cause serious flood problems in the nearby areas.
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