South Asia

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

Building freeze: Bangladesh has banned construction activities on St Martin’s island to save the ecology of its lone coral island. The environment ministry has ordered an inventory of all existing buildings; those threatening the island’s ecology will be demolished. The island receives about 1¤500 tourists daily. This has led to construction of hotels and restaurants and a jetty which threaten the island’s biodiversity.

Nepal ban hits India: Nepal has banned export of boulders¤ crushed stones and sand to India. Over exploitation of these natural resources from the Siwalik range has resulted in deforestation¤ frequent flash floods and landslides. Nearly 800¤000 tonnes of boulders¤ crushed stones and sand are exported to India daily. The decision will hit hard India’s construction industry and hundreds of crushers located across the Terai region of Nepal.

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.