Early desertification feared for Delhi, Gurugram

GURUGRAM: The sand storm stipulations prevailing in the town for three days has raised fears of early desertification of the Delhi-NCR area amongst environmental experts. According to the experts, there was an build up in frequency, longevity and density of sand storms on this area this yr.

“The frequency of sand storms has larger in the town up to now one decade. While previous (in 2002), summer time sand storms used to happen for 4 days a week, now, the frequency has larger to a couple of spells over the span of two weeks. So now not handiest the frequency, but also the longevity and density of sand storms have larger. All deserts are increasing, and so is the Thar,” stated Dr Rajendra Kushagra, head of the department at Amity School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Manesar.

A find out about conducted through Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in south Haryana additionally pointed towards early desertification of the Delhi-NCR. According to the find out about, the Aravalis are regularly becoming barren mountains. As consistent with the find out about, open wooded area quilt has decreased in the remaining 3 a long time, while scrub has larger through 5.7%, and barren area is fluctuating.

The find out about additionally states the forests in the Aravalis no longer successfully act as a green barrier. “The degradation of the Aravalis has already resulted in desertification. If this trend continues, episodes of sand storms will develop into extra common. The Aravalis has immense significance in the area as this is an ancient hill vary and has been protecting Delhi, south Haryana and other spaces from desertification for millennia,” stated Dr Bilal Habib of WII.

Experts referred to as for fast coverage of wooded area quilt in the Aravalis, to prevent further desertification of the area. C R Babu, head of Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE), department of environmental research, University of Delhi, stated, “Desertification manner when air becomes drier because the moisture content in air decreases. The extra the air becomes drier, the prevalence of sand storms will build up. Only dense plants can prevent it. Vegetation produces water vapour, which leads to an build up in moisture in the air, preventing sand storms, as moist air is heavier than dry air. In summers, Delhi-NCR at all times used to witness sand storms originating from the Thar wilderness, but the Aravalis, with an excessively dense wooded area, used to act as a bodily barrier in preventing the severest sand storms from attaining right here. However, now that we have got lost that dense wooded area in the Aravalis, we’re witnessing severe sand storms, which might worsen if degradation of the Aravalis continues.”

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