Sand mining

Rivers no more

Print edition : August 07, 2015

A sand-mining and stone-crushing unit at Raipur Khadar village in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura district. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Heaps of accumulated sand on farmland in Atta Gujran village in Gautam Buddh Nagar district, Uttar Pradesh. Photo: DIVYA TRIVEDI

The Yamuna river in Faridabad in Haryana. On the otherside of the river is Uttar Pradesh. Photo: T.K. Rajalakshmi

Carts loaded with sand are a common sight outside most homes in villages of Haryana's Faridabad district. The sand is mined from the Yamuna. Photo: T.K. Rajalakshmi

Stone crushers at work on the riverbank in Haridwar. Photo: Purnima Tripathi

Swami Shivananda of the Matri Sadan Ashram in Haridwar. A campaign led by him and other leaders of the organisation has forced the Uttarakhand government to intervene in the indiscriminate sand mining in the Ganga riverbed. Photo: Purnima Tripathi

Pebbles gathered from the riverbed in Uttarakhand being ferried away. Photo: Purnima Tripathi

The riverbed destroyed by excessive dumping of silt in Urdana village in the Narmada valley. Photo: By Special Arrangement

A tractor carrying sand from Perkhad village in the Narmada valley, in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

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