17 November 2015, Tuesday, 13:24
UFA, 16 November 2015. /Bashinform News Agency, Arina Rakhimkulova/. People living in the villages at the foot of Toratau Mountain care about its destiny. This conclusion was made by the deputy chairman of the State Assembly of Bashkortostan on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Rufina Shagapova after a meeting with the local community.
"In 1965, they received a status of a geological monument. Toratau is one of the oldest mountains in the world. Fossilized remains of the ancient inhabitants of the sea — clams, shells, algae, corals found here enabled to determine accurately the age of the mountain — 285 million years. The uniqueness of the mountain lies in the fact that rare plants listed in the Red Book are growing here. People living in these areas, care about the mountains. Their views should be taken into consideration in addressing the issue of new sources of raw materials", said the deputy.
As the press service of the State Assembly RB informs, the meeting was attended by residents of the Urman-Bishkadak and Karayganovo villages. Both villages are located right at the foot of Toratau. The opinion of the people was heard, and the Head of the Republic Rustem Khamitov instructed not to consider the mountains as a source of raw materials for "Bashkir Soda Company".