How Bellary went from boom to bust10 min read . Updated: 23 Dec 2019, 09:04 PM IST
- Between 2006 and 2011, Bellary saw a massive boom, until the Supreme Court banned mining in the district in 2011, when the illegalities and environmental degradation came to light
- The dusty city in Karnataka is a symbol of how the collapse of a crony capitalist enterprise can destroy progress
Bellary: In the overlapping Andhra-Karnataka cultural region where the city of Bellary is located, there is a proverbial expression in Telugu. Roughly translated, it means: “Life has become like the Bellary bus stand." This is often deployed when an individual’s life is perceived to be in tatters, wasted and utterly disorganized. However, the metaphor of a rickety bus stand, today, like in the past, symbolizes the entire city’s dilapidated existence.
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