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Chathe river laid bare due to excessive quarrying

The soil can be seen due to the excessive quarrying of river bed stones.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Jan. 2011 12:11 AM IST
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Dimapur has been growing rapidly over the decades with construction of buildings and roads struggling to keep up with the upsurge of migration from all corners of the state including nearby states.
Dimapur town and the surrounding areas now have approximately two lakh people. Construction is on the rise but the effect has also not left the environment untouched.
The scars of development on the environment can be seen at the Chathe river where mindless quarrying of boulders has left the river bed bare. As a consequence, aquatic species are deprived of natural source of food while the river loses water retention in winter and causing erosion and silting in monsoon.
One of the sites is located below the bridge connecting Dimapur and Niuland and also near the CIHSR. Hundreds of trucks and excavators dig and load stones day and night (boulders have become extinct here). The damage caused by excessive quarrying has also laid bare the river banks endangering the homes located around the area during monsoon, when the river flows in full fury.
Also one of the favorite picnic spots, the river bank near CIHSR have changed geomorphically and the refuse left behind by revelers has already created a mini garbage dumping area.
The damage is not only on the river bed but depletion of ground water level and the quality of water, has raised another concern for the nearby residents.
To add to environmental pollution, stone crushers produce noise and plenty of dust much to the resentment of people living around the area.
It is time that authorities take up the issue otherwise it will be too late.

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