National Journal of Advanced Research

National Journal of Advanced Research


National Journal of Advanced Research
National Journal of Advanced Research
Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2015)

Change in environment at Dehradun and its impact


Shalini Singh

Dehradun, is best described as "Valley in Shiwalik Hills", being surrounded by Shiwalik mountain range, fringed with the Ganga on the east and the Yamuna on the west. The jewels studded in Dehradun's crown are-Queen of hills-Mussoorie, Sahastradhara, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Lachiwala, Maaldevta, Bhatta falls, Tiger Falls, Robber's cave, Buddha Monastry, Shiv Temple, Tapkeshwar Cave Temple, Shenshai Ashram, Ramkrishna Mission Ashram, Malsi Deer Park, British architecture, leychee farms, resplendent weather and pristine natural beauty. Dehradun houses great institutions and schools like The Indian Military Academy, The Forest Research Institute, The Doon School, to name a few. After the formation of Uttarakhand State in November 2000, Dehradun was declared the "Capital" of Uttarakhand. This proved to be the biggest misfortune that befell on our beloved city. The city today faces huge difficulties in terms of waste management as around 300 tonnes of waste is generated every day, of which only 100 tonnes is collected and recycled. The rest stays around us in the form of roadside litter and open dumpsites. Mass migration of people from uphills to the city in search of quick bucks followed by rapid urbanization led to building of houses even on a small piece of land with roads becoming narrower for the traffic. Since 2000, over 2 lakh trees were cut officially, while unofficial estimates put the number five times. The leychee farms have been replaced by multi storeys, malls, hotels and resorts. Today the beauty of Dehradun is like of a wouded tiger at the Rajaji National Park.
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