What is the role of madras presidency for the deforestation in India?explain in brief

Asked by Divyanshu Vats | 8th Nov, 2014, 09:37: PM

Expert Answer:

The spread of railways from the 1850s created a new demand because it was considered essential for colonial trade and for the movement of imperial troops. To run locomotives, wood was needed as fuel, and to lay railway lines sleepers were essential to hold the tracks together. Each mile of railway track required between 1,760 and 2,000 sleepers.
 
These expansion of railways lead the Madras Presidency alone, to cut 35,000 trees annually for sleepers. The government gave out contracts to individuals to supply the required quantities. This made the contractors to cut trees indiscriminately. Thus, the forests around the railway tracks fast started disappearing. This resulted in about 25,500 km of track being laid out by 1890

Answered by Akanksha Kaul | 9th Nov, 2014, 10:56: PM

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