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To: Industries Minister (Kerala) E.P.Jayarajan

Save Alappad from sand mining

Save Alappad from sand mining

Stop mining In Allapad and accept the Assembly committee recommendations

Why is this important?

UPDATE(23 July 2019): Taking note of excessive sand mining in Alappad, a coastal village in Kerala, the National Green Tribunal has formed a committee to determine compensation to be recovered for damage to the environment by unsustainable illegal mining.

Alappad, a coastal village in Kollam has become a victim of sand mining. Due to mining by two government-owned companies in the area which started in 1968, villages have almost ‘disappeared’.(1).

Alappad, has already faced the brunt of the cyclonic storm Ockhi last year and the Tsunami in 2004. Trying to desperately save their remaining villages, the people of Alappad and nearby hamlets are protesting under the banner of the protest council. They have been on a relay hunger strike at Vellanathuruthu near Alappad since November 2018 demanding a complete halt to the mining activities(2)

Some of the facts to consider as per news reports:

Ponnama, a village in Alappad Panchayat is now nothing but a pile of sand. Only three families live in the village which was once prosperous(3).
Alappad which had an area of 89.5 square kilometres has been reduced to just 8 square kilometres by 2019(2).
In Alappad panchayat, activists estimate that more than 6,000 fishermen families have vacated over the years due to beach erosion, drinking water scarcity and lack of fish availability(3).
In Chittoor region near Chavara there are open ponds which have been used by companies for dumping chemical waste. The ponds were sources of drinking water. Not anymore. (3).
There is no publicly available data about the people who were evicted without compensation. Though activists quote the numbers of families vacated from the region, there is no official data on it (3).
Prawns, shell fish and various other small fish were available here in abundance, but now fishermen are forced to leave due to reduction in catch.
Locals pointed out that there is a backwater which was identified as a national waterway. But now, the sea will evade these backwaters and damage the paddy fields of upper Kuttanad, which is below the sea level and known as the rice bowl of Kerala(4).

Industry Minister EP Jayarajan has to take cognizance of the environmental and social cost that the mining activity is causing. Development cannot take place by sacrificing villages. We cannot afford another man-made disaster in God’s own country.

Sources
Huufington post: https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/kerala-alappad-could-be-wiped-off-map-if-it-doesnt-fight-off-sand-mining-soon_in_5c383fefe4b045f6768aa38a
Indiatimes: https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/an-entire-village-in-kerala-could-soon-be-wiped-off-the-map-due-to-black-sand-mining-360452.html
The News Minute: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/villages-vanish-keralas-kollam-coast-they-succumb-sand-mining-94762
Business Standard: https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/alappad-a-tale-of-lost-land-to-mineral-sand-mining-119011100385_1.htm

Kerala, India

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Reasons for signing

  • It's a struggle for existence. Existence of human beings and living organisms are more important than development. Black Sand mining never give a good profit to the government. It's give benefit to Corporates only. 25000 people are residing in 7.35 square kilometer area of Alappad. If this mining will continue it will leads to the disappearance of Alappad. If it's happen it should be a big disaster for Kerala.
  • Many reports on sand mining say that this unscientific beach washing has definitely reduced the land area of this small village considerably.If it continues at this pace without considering fauna and people, there is every chance of inundating the near by fresh water rivers with salt water and make the life of millions miserable.
  • Save Akappadu # stop mining # save Kerala

Updates

2019-02-05 11:30:57 +0530

50 signatures reached

2019-01-30 10:40:22 +0530

25 signatures reached

2019-01-29 16:33:58 +0530

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