Uttarakhand banned mining along Ganga over and again. Will it obey court order this time?
Just a few days before Swami Nigamanand died while on a fast to protest state-sponsored sand mining and stone crushing along the Ganga near Haridwar, the Uttarakhand government ordered a ban on mining activities in the region considered sacred. Millions of pilgrims visit the place to take a dip in the Ganga during Kumbh Mela. But the ban came too late for the comatose ascetic and ecology of the river. [more]