Vegetation cover around Khandadhar waterfall is depleting fast

June 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm 1 comment

Following report is from

ROURKELA: The vegetation cover around bio-rich Khandadhar waterfall and its surroundings is depleting fast and water yield of the perennial waterfall is visibly declining.Located 85 km from Rourkela in the tribal hinterland of Talbahali gram panchayat in the Bonai sub-division of Sundargarh district, mining is being attributed as the reason behind degradation of the waterfall.

The Khandadhar waterfall originates from one of the hills under the Malangtoli hill range. While a large stream from the hilltop forms the waterfall, the same hill works as a sink to generate nearly two dozen rivulets which flow as water channels in various directions.

CPM leader Banamali Dhupal, who has been working in the region for over 20 years, said the impact of the environmental imbalance is felt. He further said that mining activities by the Orissa Mining Corporation and a private operator in the area is affecting the bio-rich  reserve.  Sources said that the forest cover in 20 km radius of the waterfall has also depleted in the last 20 years. Old-timers said once Haldikudar, Talbahali and Mahulpada gram panchayats in the periphery used to have an awe-inspiring dense forest housing various kinds of wildlife.

Time and again, people have been urging the authorities concerned to take up remedial measures. Though delayed, the Bonai forest division has conducted a study to preserve and protect the waterfall. The study recommended massive soil conservation projects at the hilltop to redeem the loss.A proposal in this regard would be sent to the government for approval, said Bonai DFO AK Mishra. He said additionally, the Forest Department has plans to take up  afforestation programme in over 40 hectares  on the onset of monsoon as the seedlings planted last year did not survive due to the erratic rainfall.


Entry filed under: Region watch, Sundergarh, Sundergarh-Khandadhar-Deodaraha-Vedavyasa, Tourism Zones.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. ranjanpanda  |  June 17, 2011 at 9:18 am

    POSCO has been allocated Khandadhar. Thanks to a court case that it is yet to be able to destroy it. If in case Khandadhar goes to POSCO, situation will be too disastrous. Mining Khandadhar must be opposed by all sections of the society and not just by the local people.

    Ranjan Panda


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