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Impact of Mining Activities on Various Environmental Attributes with Specific Reference to Health Impacts in Shatabdipuram, Gwalior, India

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Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 3, Issue (6), Pages 81-87, June,22 (2014)

Abstract

Mining and metallurgical activities cause greater perturbation and devastation of both terrestrial and aquatic environments which has large scale ramifications. This piece of work reports the findings of a study undertaken to assess the environmental impacts of the mining activities in the Shatabdipuram mining area in Gwalior city of Madhya Pradesh, India. In addition to assess the environmental impact of the mining activities, community perceptions about the mining activities were also assessed to know the health effects caused by these activities. Marked environmental impacts were observed through the study in the form of air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution and their consequential effect on the health of the persons who got exposed to these pollutants. The concentration of some of the pollutants both in the air and water has reached alarming proportions which are presenting a health hazard, exacerbating various disorders among the people. A comprehensive strategy and appropriate regulations are indispensible to alleviate the negative impacts of the mining activities on the environment to make this practice a sustainable one.

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