Visit to Lambidhar Mines, Mussoorie

This was a post put up by me at a restoration ecology blog set up by the School of Human Ecology at Ambedkar University Delhi.

Restoration Ecology @ AUD

The Doon-Mussoorie region in the foothills of the Himalayas; apart from its scenic beauty; is known for its mineral reserves of limestone, phosphorite, dolomite and marble. It was a result of this natural resource reserve, that the area was characterised by heavy mining in the 1980s, with upto 101 limestone mines, covering an area of approximately 6720 hectare being located in the Mussoorie hills. These mining operations, initiated in the 1950s-1960s, were widely attributed as the cause of the environmental degradation and disruption in the ecological cycle of the valley. This resulted in a number of protests, petitions and litigations by the residents, as part of the “Save the Doon Valley” and “Friends of Mussoorie” movements in the 1990s. As a consequence of these protests and investigations into the mining activities in the area, the mines were closed by the end of 1996 by an intervention of the Supreme Court…

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