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B.D.Kasniyal

eNewsDesk

PITHORAGARH July 30,

Nineteen new landslide sensitive places have  been identified, and plying of vehicles on the strategically  significant Tanakpur-Champawat  NH  has  been  suspended since 7 PM as a precaution  against disasters that  are occurring on the  highway. Steps have  been taken after the highway  remained  closed  for over 48 hours causing passengers high inconvenience  two days  ago.

 “Though we have made the way slightly commutable for   vehicles  after blasting a  big rock near Dhaun that has  emerged  as a sensitive zone on the 75 km portion of  road. We have   also   identified over 19  such  places  that  are highly sensitive from landslide point  of view on this   strategically significant highway.” said Manoj  Pandey, district disaster management officer in Champawat .

According to the  disaster management officer,  several groups of labourers beside  six JCBs have  been put  at several places near highly sensitive points  if any  more landslides occur. “The  new land slide  zone came into being  after rainwater  entered the  rocks, making them weak  enough  to burst,” said N.C. Pandey, an NH engineer.

The NH  engineers said that the whole  distance of 75 km from Tanakpur  to Champawat  are sensitive points and are vulnerable to landslides.

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