Environment

Vetiver introduced in Morni – An Experiment Begins

July 14, 20138 Comments

Morni hills are composed of a fragile mix of clay, rocks and boulders and experience heavy erosion during the monsoons. Landslides are common, especially where the natural stability of hill slopes has been disturbed by cutting roads and paths into the hill, rendering the structure unstable. The sudden heavy rainfall towards the end of the […]

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Solar Electrification Programme- The Experience in Morni hills

July 13, 20132 Comments

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India launched a scheme for the electrification of remote villages with renewable technologies for which the Central Government would provide 90% financial assistance the balance cost being borne by the concerned nodal agency/ village panchayat. Villages/hamlets that were not to be electrified with the conventional grid […]

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Water Harvesting Dam: Dullopur

May 14, 2013

The earthen dam at Dullopur is located in the foothills of Morni and provides water for irrigating fields lying downstream of the dam. The dam has created a large lake that is tucked away in the hills between the Tirlokpur and Dullopur villages.  

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Water Harvesting Dam: Muwas

May 14, 20130 Comments

Muwas is a small hamlet that falls under the Sabilpur panchayat and is located deep inside the scrub forest in the foothills of Morni. The village can be accessed by driving along the dry rocky bed of the nadi that flows between Aasrewali and Belwali villages. A large earthen dam has been built across a choe to create a […]

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Water Harvesting Dams: Dams near Kamballah-Katli

March 11, 20130 Comments

A series of earthen dams have been built across seasonal choes to create a number of large ponds near Kmballah village that lies on the Parwallah – Tikkar road that links the Tikkar tals directly to Raipur Rani without first having to negotiate the climb to Morni. A dam overlooks the Guga-Marhi temple at the […]

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Water Harvesting Dams: Aasrewali Dams

June 30, 20121 Comment

The earthen dam at Aasrewali created a small sized reservoir that initially provided water for fields lying downstream. The irrigation pipes are, however, now buried under silt and the reservoir now serves as a watering-hole for the village cattle and the wildlife. A second, much larger reservoir has been created more recently in the hills […]

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Water Harvesting Dams: Lessons from Bharal, Bhoj Mataur

March 19, 20120 Comments

A water harvesting dam was built on the ‘Upali Khala’, a seasonal choe emerging from the Mandana hills near Bharal, a hamlet of Bhoj Mataur falling on the Jalah road. Pipes were laid out to provide water for the fields lying downstream of the dam. As per the locals, the dam got silted in the […]

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Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore

March 11, 20120 Comments

The vulture has been associated with death and decay across cultures. The forbidding, ghoulish look of an ugly bald headed bird feeding voraciously on a decaying and foul-smelling carcass is a repelling site. This was probably the reason why the sharp fall in vulture population sometime in early 90s was noticed so late.It was only […]

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Water Harvesting Dams: Experience at Bunga

March 7, 20121 Comment

Morni Hills receive an average annual rainfall of 1200 mm and 80% of it is received during the 3 monsoon months. Most of the precious rainwater is lost as run-off and it drains into the Ghaggar and Tangri rivers that originate in these hills. These rivers flow torrentially during the rains causing havoc in Ambala […]

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Bir Shikargarh Wildlife Sanctuary

March 6, 20121 Comment

Bir Shikargarh Wildlife Sanctuary is being established over an area of 767 hectares and notice was issued on 28th July 2011 to invite objections/suggestions to the draft notification by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The area included is situated in the foothills of Morni along the Kaushalya river and has thick Khair forests and […]

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