Aamir Hussain (Bandainfo.com).
5th June 2007, Banda
If you are a Bandaist and if you feel for your environment then this article
will be an eye-opener for you. The 21st century has brought us new challenges
specially in the form of natural calamities and disasters. Our District
Banda, no doubt, is the worst sufferer.
Every year, Chikunguniya and Meningitis diseases are taking toll of large no. of
local people. The non-uniform change in temperature and humidity has given
birth to many a new viruses who are responsible for these diseases. Due to
environmental instability, Aedes Mosquito ( the carrier of Malaria) can now
survive at much higher temperature and thus has become more dangerous for human
beings. This instability has resulted in the form of some new species of insects
and plants which are poisonous. The uncontrolled emission of Carbon dioxide has
promoted the growth of some vines and plants which emits carbon dioxide in place
of oxygen. The Mediterranean plant tribullers teres is one such species
which is poisonous and induces allergic effects in human beings.
Reckless felling of trees and disappearance of forest cover have raised
problems of Flood and Drought. How odd it seems that district is facing drought
and water-crisis and Banda administration is busy in planning strategy to fight
feared flood. The same episode repeat itself every year. Price hike in agro
goods and products, suicides of farmers are all borne by drought. By the
beginning of July, many portions of the city and its nearby villages shall be
flooded. Apart from the loss of Life and value goods, it destructs vegetable
productivity and increase chances of epidemic. Every year the problem of flood
and drought struck the city.
Water-crisis is another burning issue. In summer, the taps sputter only for
few minutes and there is silence for the whole day. The ground water of Banda is
sinking low by 65cm every year, the fastest rate in Northern India. According to
Conservation of Ground Water Board (CGWB), water of Banda district is saline and
poisonous too. The harmful biological content dissolved in ponds of Banda is
15mg/L i.e. unsafe for human consumption. In Patha region of Manikpur, the
problem of scarcity of water is on high. People of this region have to travel
miles to fetch a pile of potable water. This situation is becoming worse with
each passing day.
There are lots of other problem too which are about to break their dormancy.
One such issue is gradual decrease in land swept and irrigated by Ken river and
increase of biological content in its water. The other is rapid increase in use
of poly-bags and its aftermath. In the year 2004, then DM of Banda, Mr. M. K.
Meshram banned the use of poly-bags but soon after his transfer the ban was
An Ecosystem is flora, fauna and all what surrounds us. The fauna of
Bundelkhand is also suffering pre-effects of environmental breakdown. The fauna
life of Ranipur Wildlife Reserve of Manikpur is the epitome. Earlier large no. of
Siberian cranes and flamingoes used to visit the region for there winter stay. But increase of use of pesticides in fields,
unavailability of food and shelter has drifted them away. The Jungle fire engulfs
large no. of flora and fauna every year.
The large scale crushing of stones and mountains has "contributed" in the increase of air and sound pollution in a greater way. Moreover, there is increase in the cases of diseases all
relating to lungs. This is chiefly because of the particulate dust particles produced during the crushing of stones.
The crux of all the issues is to generate awareness among the people. But more important is to do something now because there will be no
tomorrow waiting for us as 'in today lies our tomorrow'. If you turn around and look at the bigger picture then you will find that prosperity and eradication of all evils from bundelkhand lies in the protection of Environment.
P.S.- Its not like that you should do everything to protect environment. Start with a single resolution and
see the things changing. For example: you can start with prohibition of polythene bags or
aerosol products. All the Best:) Save Banda and Secure Future.
Flood - A Familiar
Disaster to Banda City
Drought - Taken toll of hundreds in last
few years in Banda
Forest Fire- Continuous
Loss of Flora and Fauna
Flamingoes: Birds of Beauty are no more
visitors of Bundelkhand