Amelioration: redemption of Hazaribagh through natural solace
AuthorFateha, Hamidah Ashrafi
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“An intense foul smell that burns all the way to the lungs”- is what many think of as the name, Hajaribagh comes. The sole memory of a visit to the place leaves many with a disturbing headache. Yet around 2, 00,000 people reside in such a place with highly polluted environment filled with toxic waste produced by the tannery industries situated in the area. While this highly degrading condition was acknowledged long before, the forceful shut down of the tannery industries took place as recently as on March 6, 2017. Now that the industries have shut down, the growing concern is towards the redevelopment of the land left behind by the tannery industries. The land is in an extremely poor condition with much needed attention to its redemption. This project addresses the concern as it takes a portion of the land and uses it to give back the community what it has been missing. Additionally, it provides the community with programs to enhance their living standards and attempts to bring the community close to nature by involving it to initiate the growth and nurture of nature within the site. The project also urges them to look closely as nature grows and spread its branches to redeem the much-polluted place into a vibrant natural one. As the project offers to allow the community to bond with the nature and understand its importance, it creates a potential to make people more empathetic towards the natural environment and thereby protecting it in the future. It also leaves behind the story of the redemption of Hazaribag to be passed down the generations of the community to make them feel the same connection with the nature as their ancestors.