Known for its desserts and hot weather, Sindh has many attraction points a person can think of. Almighty Allah has blessed Pakistan with sheer beauty and Karoonjhar is one of the most Sindh’s beautiful place with natural minerals.
Karoonjhar Mountains are situated in the city of Tharparkar. This is hill in the district near the place Nagarparkar on the northern edge of the Runn of Kutch. It contains granite rocks and Chinese clay. The Karoonjhar range is 19 km in length and attains a height of 305 m. These mountains are rich in mineral deposits.
Karoonjhar Dam supplies water to the people of Nagarparkar area and in monsoon season, the rain water pours down from the mountain and flows in more than twenty streams. Bhatiani, Maoo, Gordaro, Ranaser, Sukhpur, Ghatiari, Madanwah, Moondaro, Bhodeser, Lolrai, Drah, Puranwah to the Rann of Kutch are a few of them.
Apart from its beauty, Karoonjhar has economic significance for the local people of the area as it is rich in mineral deposits and plant medicinal values.
Karoonjhar has economic significance for the locals as it is rich in deposits and plant medicinal values. This mountain is economically so significant that there is a local saying “Karoonjhar yields a hundred kilos of gold regularly.“
But the fate of Karoonjhar is changing as Frontier Work Organization (FWO) is destroying these hills. According to sources, FWO is demolishing Karoonjar without any lease. The Supreme Court has banned it but FWO is still destroying these hills and Sindh government has made a law against it cancelling all the leases.
According to a report in Dawn, elected lawmakers from the region and local government officials are silent over illegal extraction and transportation of granite by using heavy machinery.
People all around the country has started a protest in order to save Karoonjhar on social media, demanding to stop destroying province’s beauty and urging the Sindh government to take action as soon as possible.
And they say to me: "Your people,
your luckless people,
between the mountain and the river,
with hunger and grief,
they do not want to struggle alone,
they are waiting for you, friend."
— Saqi Rajput (@saqi_rajput) November 12, 2019
Each hill has history, echoing the bravery of legends who fought for rights n saved their lands .Today rocks are looking at all of you to save their beauty. If they would not be left so fascinated who will come to visit Nagarparkar. #SaveKaroonjhar @SaifSamejo @sikanderbizenjo pic.twitter.com/fXH53bPYie
— Partab Shivani (@PartabShiwani) November 12, 2019
Geological Calendar in
Great Sindhologist M. H. Panhwar's marvelous collection
"Chronological Dictionary of Sindh" describes
Nagar Parkar Hills (Karoonjhar Hills) as Pre-Cambrian Period formation (3.5 bn. yrs or even earlier), when no life existed except algae. #SaveKaroonjhar pic.twitter.com/SIdgpDFXgT
— Umer Soomro (@umersoomro2002) November 12, 2019
— Aman Sheikhni (@SanaSialSS) November 12, 2019
Karoonjhar Hills help the rain water pour in more than20small dams/streams supplying water 2 #Nagarparkar which is already facing a severe water shortage.Destroying the hills for granite business is inhumane&shud be a crime.Immediate notice must b taken2stop this #SaveKaroonjhar pic.twitter.com/QUzi1gxmb7
— meena gabeena (@gabeeno) November 12, 2019
Dilipidated condition of mountain Karoonjhar,it is being converted into rubble,such beautiful Karoonjhar must be maintained and @sardarshah1 needs to take action.#SaveKaroonjhar pic.twitter.com/XhiqBjAYZR
— Faqeer Mohammad (@LaghariaamirAli) November 12, 2019