Buxwaha forest: At the cost of More than Two lakh trees, the luster of the diamond will fade

Panna district of Madhya Pradesh is the only district in India where diamond quarrying takes place. According to estimates, there was a total of 22 lakh carats of diamonds in Panna, out of which 13 lakh diamonds have been excavated till date. This means that the diamond mines in Panna will run out in the coming years. How can Madhya Pradesh let go of this pride. The only diamond producing state – Madhya Pradesh.

For some time now, the name of a place is being taken loudly in social media ‘Buckswaha’. A new diamond deposit has been discovered in Buxwaha district of Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Chhatarpur is a district of Bundelkhand which is a neighbor of Panna district. More than Chhatarpur, its one place which is famous all over the world is Khajuraho people know. Buxwaha is situated on the Vindhyachal mountain range, which is also called geologists Waste Parbat, which is older than the Himalayas.

Buxwaha is located near Panna National Park. If there is any damage to this place, then the entire ecological system here will be affected. There is also a Tiger Reserve in Panna National Park. The Ken river also has its origin from the hill on which Buxwaha is situated. Panna and some parts of Chhatarpur together form the bio-diversity which includes Panna National Park. For how much will we dig a diamond? Bio-diversity is not a common thing, there are only 18 Bio-diversity in India declared UNESCO which includes Panna.

The diamond for which the trees would be cut was once a forest. You must be aware that there are two allotropes of carbon which include graphite and diamond. Diamond is just carbon. Where did it start? The Madhya Pradesh government has given the task of finding diamonds to Rio Tinto, the world’s largest mining company. The company surveyed from the year 2007 to 2010. In this survey, the company said that there is a diamond of about 3.42 crore carats in Buxwaha near Chhatarpur. This brought a new ray of hope in the mind of the government as the government could see a substantial portion of the revenue.

The company placed big plans in front of the government in which about 11 lakh trees were to be cut. It is said that there was a rift between the government and the company and the company tied the sacks and kept running. In the year 2019 again, the government started auctions for diamond mining. Birla and Adani were the top two companies in the auction. Birla won this deal.

The bid for this auction was 55 thousand crores. The government will get about 23 thousand crore rupees from this deal. The only advantage of this deal is that 2.15 lakh trees will be cut. In the name of mercy, the number of trees was reduced so that people could sympathize with this excavation. It is foolish to cut so many trees in a country where people do not get clean air and water. The deal is not here.

The company has sought about 62 hectares of land from the government for excavation. Apart from this, demand for about 382 hectares of land has been made so that the industry can be set up. This industry will be related to cutting and polishing of diamonds.

According to the new deal, it has been said that there is no biodiversity in the Buckwheat area. At the same time, in a survey conducted five years ago, it has been told that movements of deer, chital, wild buffalo, tiger have been found here. I don’t know how it happens that in a few years everything changes and everything becomes new. Does it happen somewhere that there will be no biodiversity in a national park or an area close to bio-diversity. Hearing this and reading this only makes me laugh.

Vinay Kushwaha

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Panna district of Madhya Pradesh is the only district in India where diamond quarrying takes place. According to estimates, there was a total of 22 lakh carats of diamonds in Panna, out of which 13 lakh diamonds have been excavated till date. This means that the diamond mines in Panna […]