Bramhgiri Kruti Samiti
20 June 2021 - Stop-work order issued on illegal mining projects in Nashik district by the district administration.
In May 2021, the Bramhgiri mountain range in Nashik witnessed heavy destruction for a construction project by a private developer. The 700 villagers of the Suplichi Met village on top of the mountain are living in fear of possible landslides due to this destruction. They visited local municipal officials, forest officers while all of this was happening but all their requests were met with indifference and went unanswered. The destruction stopped after Maharashtra Times, a leading newspaper, and the Brahmagiri Action Committee came together to tackle this issue and fought against it fiercely. But most of the damage was already done by then.
During this, the Brahmagiri Action Committee found that this was not an isolated event in the Sahyadri range. Hundreds of illegal and risky mining, excavation and construction projects are going on in the entire mountain range.
Sahyadri mountain range, also known as the Western Ghats, a mountain chain that has forests older than those in the Himalayan range, has been added to a list of world heritage sites by the United Nations. It is recognised as one of the world's eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity. At least 325 globally threatened (IUCN Red Data List) species inhabit the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats are home to globally threatened flora and fauna including 229 plant species, 31 mammal species, 15 bird species, 43 amphibian species, 5 reptile species and 1 fish species.
The Sahyadri mountain range is also historically significant, thanks to the hundreds of forts and rich cultural heritage of its indigenous tribes. But instead of preserving this site of monumental importance rich with biodiversity, it is being continuously destroyed for farmhouses, industry, mining and other development projects.
To preserve this site we demand:
No excavation, no mining and no construction in the Sahyadri mountain range
Putting a stop to all illegal projects in the Sahyadri mountain range and imposition of heavy fines and punishment on defaulters.
Demarcation of the Sahyadri Mountain Range and strict prohibition of development in specific non-development zones.