Sand Mining

Changing landscapes

Print edition : August 07, 2015

Sand being mined from the Periyar near Vazhakkulam in Ernakulam district. A file picture. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Mookkunnimala Hill near Thiruvananthapuram. The hill, once known for its rich forests and biodiversity, is being stripped bare, and its sides are littered with quarries and crusher units and deep pits and gashes. Photo: S. Gopakumar

The Yaladabagi bridge in Sira taluk in Tumkur district which gave way because of sand mining. Photo: By Special Arrangement

The riverbed of a tributary of the Netravathi has been converted into a makeshift road that sand trucks use to reach the main road, in Bantwal. Photo: H.S.Manjunath

The Byragondalu bridge in Koratagere taluk in Tumkur district, which collapsed because of rampant sand mining. Photo: By Special Arrangement

On the Tungabhadra riverbed at Panchalingala village in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, sand is collected in tractor trailers fitted with sieves. In the background is National Highway 7. Photo: U. Subramanyan

Near Pullur in Telangana, a tractor trailer loaded with sand on the Tungabhadra riverbed. Photo: U. Subramanyan

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