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To: Industries Minister (Kerala) E.P.Jayarajan
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.
Huufington post: https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/kerala-alappad-could-be-wiped-off-map-if-it-doesnt-fight-off-sand-mining-soon_in_5c383fefe4b045f6768aa38a
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