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The Sonitpur district is one of the most important tea growing district of Assam. There are big tea estates (under multinational companies) as well as a large number of small tea gardens growing which is like a green revolution. In these gardens heavy amount of artificial agrochemicals are used which contaminates soil as well as drinking water sources. Ground water is an essential and vital component of our life support system. The groundwater resources are being utilized for drinking, irrigation and industrial purposes. There is growing concern on deterioration of groundwater quality due to geogenic and anthropogenic activities. Groundwater, being a fragile must be carefully managed to maintain its purity within standard limits. In tea gardens belt the agro-chemicals affect the quality of groundwater so this investigation has been carried out to assessment the quality of water in this area. Now the Fluoride and Arsenic are major problems in ground water in India and Bangladesh, the heavy metals also effect the chronic health hazards of the people in this area so it is very important to investigation of ground drinking water sources. The ground water of this area is of high iron, manganese, fluoride and arsenic concentration is observed. Finally, stress zones in the study area were delineated using Arc GIS spatial analysis. © 2016, Sphinx Knowledge House. All rights reserved. Source


Saikia B.,Chaiduar College | Borthakur S.K.,Gauhati University | Saikia N.,Arya Vidyapeeth College
Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge | Year: 2010

The paper deals with the results of ethnobotanical survey work carried out during 2005-2006. The information was collected from 13 villages, mostly of remote places near the border area of Arunachal Pradesh. Totally, 20 plant species were collected and recorded for their use in various ailments. The species are short listed giving their plant name, family, vernacular name, and uses. Source


Saikia B.,Chaiduar College | Borthakur S.K.,Gauhati University
Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge | Year: 2010

The paper deals with the indigenous knowledge of local communities on medicinal plants used for curing various veterinary diseases in Gohpur, Sonitpur district, Assam state. Information collected are based on interview, observation and cross-checked with other herbal practitioners. Assamese, Bodo, Mishing, Nepali, Santhal and Karbi are the chief ethnic groups in this area. The uses of plant parts along with the mode of administration revealed that 20 plant species were used for curing 21 types of diseases. Source


Dutta J.,Chaiduar College
Journal of environmental science & engineering | Year: 2011

Contamination of drinking water by arsenic and other heavy metals and their related toxicology is a serious concern now-a-days. Millions of individual world-wide are suffering from the arsenic and other heavy metal related diseases due to the consumption of contaminated groundwater. 60 water samples from different sources of 6 small tea gardens of Sonitpur district were collected to study the potability of water for drinking purposes. The water samples collected from sources like tube wells, ring wells and ponds were analyzed for arsenic, heavy metals like iron, manganese and mercury with sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, pH, total hardness, chloride, fluoride and sulphate. Some drain water samples of the tea garden areas were also collected to analyze the above mentioned water parameters to see the contamination level. Experiments revealed that 78% samples of total collection had arsenic content above the permissible limit (0.01 ppm) of WHO guideline value for drinking water. The highest arsenic was observed 0.09 ppm at one sample of Gobindra Dahal tea garden of Gohpur sub division of Sonitpur district. 94% samples had contamination due to manganese 39% samples had iron and 44% samples had Hg. The water quality data was subjected to some statistical treatments like NDA, cluster analysis and pearson correlation to observe the distribution pattern of the different water quality parameters. A strong pearson correlation coefficient was observed between parameters-arsenic and manganese (0.865) and arsenic and mercury (0.837) at 0.01 level, indicated the same sources of drinking water contamination. Source


The Sonitpur district is one of the most important tea growing district of Assam. There are big tea estates (under multinational companies) as well as a large number of small tea gardens growing which is like a green revolution. In these gardens heavy amount of artificial agrochemicals are used which contaminates soil as well as drinking water sources. Ground water is an essential and vital component of our life support system. The groundwater resources are being utilized for drinking, irrigation and industrial purposes. There is growing concern on deterioration of groundwater quality due to geogenic and anthropogenic activities. Groundwater, being a fragile must be carefully managed to maintain its purity within standard limits. In tea gardens belt the agro-chemicals affect the quality of groundwater so this investigation has been carried out to assessment the quality of water in this area. Now the Fluoride and Arsenic are major problems in ground water in India and Bangladesh, the heavy metals also effect the chronic health hazards of the people in this area so it is very important to investigation of ground drinking water sources. The ground water of this area is of high iron, manganese, fluoride and arsenic concentration is observed. Finally, stress zones in the study area were delineated using Arc GIS spatial analysis. Source

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