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The Story of Lumshnong (2019)

34mins   |   English  |  Producer  Director : Aarti Shrivastava

Meghalaya, situated in the north eastern region of India is has abundant reserves of both coal and limestone. About 9% of the country's total limestone reserves are distributed in the state. The limestone mined is used chiefly for the manufacturing of cement, lime and edible lime etc.

 

Studies revealed that loss of forest cover, pollution of water, soil and air, depletion of natural flora and fauna, reduction in biodiversity, erosion of soil, and degradation of agriculture land are some are some of the hazards of limestone mining. The hazards will not just be limited to the areas around the mines and cement factories but will spill to other regions if environmental checks are not put in place. It will also affect the lives of the people who live around the area.

 

With that thought our film Lumshnong was made. Lumshnong is a village situated in the Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya and has rich reserves of limestone. We seek to talk to the locals and the activists who are facing issues and also looking for ways to address the environmental hazards through this film.

 

The visuals of cement plants in the foreground, while the vegetations begins to look grey, and locals pointing at the shortcomings of limestone mining paint a sordid and truthful picture of what is happening in Lumshnong.