Estimated Initial Cost : Rs. 5, 00, 000 , USD Equvivalent:
A project to raise awareness about and put a stop to the illegal sand mining at the bed and banks of the river Ramganga in Uttarakhand. The real estate boom in Uttarakhand has fuelled the rise of sand mining mafia, and led to destruction of the fragile ecosystem and even the Uttarakhand floods of 2016 which led to mass death and destruction.
The Ramganga river is the primary source of water for the people and villages of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It is the only constant source of water for agriculture – the primary source of livelihood and means of survival of the local inhabitants. Not only people, it is the only constant source of water for the wild animals residing in a large part of the Corbett National Park, including tigers and wild elephants – that tourists from all over the world come to see. Without the Ramganga river, one cannot imagine survival of an ecosystem in 30,641 square kilometres of harsh and inaccessible mountainous terrain.