2 accidents every day due to falling of stones on Chardham Road: As soon as the rains come, the mountains crackle, negligence in making the all-weather road is proving fatal.

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Dehradun3 minutes agoAuthor: Manmeet

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With the arrival of monsoon in Uttarakhand, the era of disasters has started. For the convenience of Chardham pilgrims, the carelessness taken while making the all-weather road is now proving to be fatal. Hundreds of natural sources of water were buried under the rubble while the road was widened. At many places, cracks were visible in the overhanging rocks (sharp slopes). Now these rocks are falling on the road.

Scientists had already warned about this, which went unheeded. Now the passengers have to bear the brunt of this with their lives. After the rains started in Uttarakhand, 9 lives have been lost in just 5 days due to stone falling on the road from the mountain. On an average, 2 accidents are happening every day, in which someone or the other is dying.

Due to being a glacier, here the ladslide is the highest.
Allweather Road High Power Committee member and geologist Dr. Naveen Juyal explains- Be it the Karakoram range or the Himalayan mountains from North Kashmir to Nepal, most of the glaciers are in the Himalayan region adjoining Uttarakhand. That’s why most of the rivers also originate from here.

The mountains here are made of sedimentary rocks. Due to the presence of more glaciers, there are more landslides here. Therefore, considering the structure of the Himalayas, development works should be done.

This is the result of tampering with nature
Experts say that before building a road here, the geographical structure of that place should be studied. It is important to understand that the Himalayas are still in their infant stage as per the structure. It has to be taken care of as well. Otherwise, we will have to continue to suffer the consequences of tampering with nature.

Monsoon arrived on June 29, stones started falling from that day

  • June 29: Stones fell on the car of Chardham pilgrims near Sonprayag. 1 killed, 10 injured.
  • 29 June: Death of a traveler from Rajasthan due to stone falling near Hathini Gadere on Kedarnath road.
  • June 30: A devotee from Gujarat killed, 3 injured due to stone falling on Kedarnath road.
  • July 1: Stone fell on the car of devotees from UP on Badrinath road, 1 killed.
  • 1 July: A stone fell on the head of a devotee of Rajasthan returning from Gangotri Yatra, died on the spot.
  • July 2: A stone fell on the vehicle on its way to Badrinath. 2 passengers of UP died.
  • July 3: A stone fell on a moving car on Badrinath Marg. Death of husband and wife.

(There are many incidents of stone falling. But here only those incidents are mentioned in which deaths have taken place.)

Earthquakes are frequent, development should be done keeping this in mind
Director General of Uttarakhand Satellite Space Center and Senior Geoscientist Dr. MPS Bisht says that more than 130 small earthquakes have occurred in Uttarakhand in 5 years. Such frequent earthquakes do not cause major damage in an instant, but tend to dislodge rocks. Then the rocks keep on falling.

Keeping this in mind, the blueprint of development works should be prepared. Here are just two ways to avoid natural disasters. First- More trees should be planted in the Himalayan region. Because, the roots cling to the rocks. Second- It is most important to study the nature of that place before any development work.

Most of the deaths are due to landslides in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
Geologist Dr. SP Sati said that Himachal or Uttarakhand, in both the Himalayan states, maximum lives are lost due to landslides during monsoon. The rain is definitely a major reason for the cracking mountains, but the real reason is the small earthquakes that occur every day in the Himalayan belt.

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