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Vol. 7, Issue 2 (2019)

Socio-economic impacts of land use changes in low hills of Himachal Pradesh, India


Author(s): Kalyani Supriya, RK Aggarwal and SK Bhardwaj

Abstract: A survey was conducted to study the impacts of land use changes on local habitats and their economy in low hills of Himachal Pradesh. Three districts namely; Bilaspur, Kangra and Hamirpur districts were selected in low hills of Himachal Pradesh. 260 respondents were interviewed to assess the impacts of land use changes in low hills of the state. The road expansion under Kiratpur-Nerchock project crossing Bilaspur district has positive impacts like development in tourism (10% respondents), better transportation (10% respondents), increased employment (16%respondents) and telecommunication system (8% respondents). InKol-dam hydro project (Bilaspur), the respondents have lost their livelihood, agriculture land, livestock, social bonding and displaced to other places. The industrialization in Sansarpur-Terrace (Kangra) resulted in enhancement of private business (36.7% respondents). The mining activities in sampled areas of Hamirpur district have provided employment to the local population, but its processing affected biotic and abiotic components near to mining area. Thus, the land use changes have raised the living standards of local habitats but somewhere, it affected their socio-economic status.

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How to cite this article:
Kalyani Supriya, RK Aggarwal, SK Bhardwaj. Socio-economic impacts of land use changes in low hills of Himachal Pradesh, India. Int J Chem Stud 2019;7(2):589-595.
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