A NOTE ON THE PILGRIMAGE PRESSURE ON MANSA DEVI HILLOCK OF HARIDWAR
Sudhanshu Kaushik and B. D. Joshi
Department of Zoology and Environmental sciences, Gurukula Kangri University, Haridwar
The present study assesses the impact of religio-touristic activities on Mansa Devi hillock. Famous temple of Goddess Mansa Devi is situated on the top of Bilwa parvat and visited in normal days by around 5000-10000 pilgrims and during festive days the number of pilgrims may rise around 2-3 Lakh or even more, which enhance the problems of soild waste and its has been seen on the surrounding thickly forested areas, which are reducing fast due the reckless cutting of trees for various developmental activities. During past two decades occurrences of landslides, heavy soil erosion, and forest fire have become a major problem for the concerned area.
Keywords: religio-tourist, Mansa Devi hillock, Bilwa parvat, soild waste, landslides, soil erosion, forest fire