Eminent Geologist suggests for warming of roads in Kedarnath

warming of roads in Kedarnath

Jai Kumar



Even as Uttarakhand government makes speedy efforts towards ensuring proper re-construction of Kedarnath that suffered catastrophe during 2013 rain disaster, Padam Shri V.P. Dimri and renowned geologist of the country has urged Uttarakhand government to take proper caution while undertaking construction activities at Kedar.

 A native of Garhwal, Dr Dimri has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who himself has visited Kedarnath twice and was taking special interest towards reconstruction activities at Kedarnath. Stressing particularly on seismic significance of the region, Dr Dimri pointed out that as area falls in seismic zone V in seismic zone  map of the country also construction work need extra precautions.

“All buildings and bridges should follow norm set up for construction in Zone V such as earthquake  resistant buildings with absorbing energy, base isolation techniques using rubber and others”, Dimri, A Former Director of National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad said.

Referring to heavy rain that are often experienced in Kedarnath region, Dr V.P. Dimri  asserted that as the Kedarnath area receives heavy rain in monsoon seasons, so  efficient drainage of extra water due to cloud burst finds proper exit and don’t stay as small ponds in the town and its surroundings.  So, proposal is to have subsurface and underground drainage channel or tunnel to clear the rain water as soon as it rains.

Further, Kedar valley also receives heavy snow during winter session spread from mid October to mid April, the amount of snow in the town and surrounding is very high. In fact heaps of snow will block the usual path of water coming from melting of glaciers.

In another key proposal to the centre, Dr Dimri has laid stress towards warming of roads and paths of the town so that snow does not stay on the road. “This can be done if there is hot spring nearby such as in another important city Badrinath. Such practice is common in Iceland. However, for Kedarnath a hotline is to be provided beneath the roads and paths of town using electricity which is not used in the winter for illumination and other domestic use of the town otherwise”, Dr Dimri pointed out.