With 65% of its area covered by forests and 86% by the Himalayas, Uttarakhand has always struggled to balance the need for development with the imperative of preserving its rich natural resources. However, with the recent lifting of a ban on mining and a proposal to build a road through core tiger habitats in the state, its fragile ecology is being threatened like never before. The first of a two-part series looks at sand mining on its riverbeds.
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First Published: Mon, April 17 2017. 01:31 IST