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.