Ex-MLA’s Shimla house damaged in landslide

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 23

A multi-storey building of former BJP MLA Baldev Sharma was endangered as the retaining wall of the building developed cracks and its foundation was shaken in a massive landslide at Hathnidhar, about 12 km from here, in the wee hours today.

The lives of about 15 families residing in the building are at risk as the landslide was reportedly caused after a huge rock fell due to deep digging by a person, who is constructing a house in its close vicinity.

Construction work the reason

  • The landslide was reportedly caused after a huge rock fell due to deep digging by a person, who is constructing a house in close vicinity. A case has been registered.
  • The foundation pillars of the building were hit and broken, a wall developed cracks and the shutter was damaged.

MLA's brother Raghunath Sharma has filed a complaint against the person constructing a house and the police have registered a case under Sections 336 and 427 of the IPC.

The foundation pillars of the building were hit and broken, a wall developed cracks and the shutter was damaged. The tenants of the building came out and, fearing a slide, took shelter in neighbours' houses, said Raghunath.

The alternative road from Jutog to Hiranagar from Hathnidhar was closed due to a landslide and people are worried as more landslides could damage the water tank built on the hill.

Three more deaths (one each in Hamirpur, Mandi and Una) were reported in rain-related incidents in the past 24 hours, taking the toll to 305. Meanwhile, the bodies of two persons, who were drowned in the Tins river in Rohru on August 15, have been recovered and the victims have been identified as Dikshit and Dila Ram, hailing from Kofar and Panjhar villages of Nerwa tehsil in Shimla district.

As many as 73 roads—29 in Mandi, 22 in Shimla, 11 in Hamirpur, five in Kangra, three in Kullu and one each in Chamba, Solan and Sirmaur district—are closed and the total loss to public property during the monsoon has increased to Rs 865.85 crore, including loss to the tune of Rs 518.59 crore to the PWD and Rs 221.18 crore to the Jan Shakti Department.

Light to moderate rain occurred at some places even as sky remained heavily overcast in Shimla and adjoining areas while dry weather prevailed at most places in lower hills.

Bijahi was the wettest with 36 mm rain while Gohar and Bhoranj recorded 33 mm and 30 mm rain, followed by Baldwara 26 mm, Nagrota-Surian 23 mm, Dalhousie 18 mm, Dehra Gopipur and Pachhad 14 mm, Dharampur, Khadrala and Shimla 13 mm , Tissa12 mm, Salooni and Mashobra 12 mm, Guler 11 mm and Dharamsala and Chamba 10 mm.

The day temperatures rose by two to three degree while minimum temperatures dropped marginally. The local MeT office has predicted rain and thundershowers in mid and lower hills and rain and snow at isolated places in higher hills from August 24 to August 29.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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