India to level badlands to create new farmland

The rocky landscape of Madhya Pradesh.

The rocky landscape of Madhya Pradesh. Image by Jeff Hart / CC BY 2.0

The Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has unveiled an ambitious plan to create new farmland by flattening the ravines of Chambal - an arid area of badlands that was once a notorious hangout for bandits and robbers, including India’s famous ‘bandit queen’ Phoolan Devi. The area is sparsely populated because of the difficulty of raising crops in this rugged terrain, but discussions are underway with private contractors to flatten hills and fill in channels to create level areas of farmland for use by peasant farmers who were left landless during years of fighting by bandit groups. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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