Govt urged to conserve caves in C’garh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Jul 2017 10:33:03


Staff Reporter,


National Cave Research and Protection Organisation suggested the State Government about conservation of caves and steps to be initiated for the same

Bearing capacity of caves in State is being ignored in the rush for tourist’s attraction. Water pollution inside some caves has also come to fore but safety measures are not being taken for the visitors. The State Government has been urged to take steps for conservation of these caves.

Any given landscape in the world has a carrying capacity, which means the burden or number of people it can bear. Caves have silence and the place inside is sterile and if there is much disturbance naturally or artificially, then there is danger to the very existence of the caves.

The tourists influx is large in Kotumsar Cave in Bastar region which is 150-200 metre long limestone cave, informed Dr Jayant Biswas, a notable cave researcher, from National Cave Research and Protection Organisation. It has become necessary to develop the near-by caves to distribute the load of tourists, he added.

After doing a survey of the caves in the State, the National Cave Research and Protection Organisation has now suggested the State Government about its conservation and steps to be initiated. Chhattisgarh Science and Technology Council had allotted a project to the organisation for studying animal biodiversity and its conservation status. Under the study the organisation has done the survey.

In 2014, an accident happened at the Bildwar Cave that is located in the Tamor Pingla Wild Life Sanctuary in Surajpur district. This cave was not only a religious site, but also a picnic spot. Due to sudden collapse (caving- in), eight visitors died. Now, the organisation has found that the walls and roof of this cave exist just on coal, sedimentary rock and kaolinite clay. In order to beautify this place, a construction work has been done outside and concrete steps have been constructed inside. Suggestion from experts should have been taken before doing such construction works.

Mandhip Khol Cave is located at Gandai block in Rajnandgaon district. In a religious programme and also a fair organised on every first Monday after Akshay Tritiya, there is too much rush of people.

Way back in 2006, it was revealed that a huge python lives inside this cave. The local villagers knew about it, but they believe that the python will not harm them. Awareness is needed to keep the place pollution free. In all the caves there is huge rush of visitors and devotees at least once in a year during festivals and this results in pollution and natural disturbance.

The water (Jal Kund) in Sondai cave in Bhanupratappur in Kanker district gets polluted. In Lailunga block of Raigarh, there is Kurra Cave and this cave is dwelling place for nearly 10,000 Microchiropteran bats. The small stream of water in this cave always reamins polluted. If this cave is converted into religious place then existence of bats will be in danger and environment will be harmed. The study concluded that tourists and religious minded people are coming to the caves even knowing about the persisting danger to life and to a great extent polluting the environment there.

At least helmets should be made compulsory for entry because nobody knows when rock will fall. No inflammable substances should be permitted inside and outside the caves. Along with Dr Biswas, Jitendra Nakka, Amit Banafar and Siddharth Biswas formed part of the study team.