HIMUDA colony houses on verge of collapse

Ravinder Sood

Palampur, August 3

A major landslide on the left bank of the Neugal has posed a serious threat to the existence of a part of HIMUDA Colony, Bindraban. Six houses on the riverside can collapse any time, if timely action is not taken to save them. A large part of the vacant land adjoining the colony toward the Neugal is also sinking.

Mediapersons yesterday visited the landslide-hit part of the colony where a number of residents have been spending sleepless nights for the past two days since the sliding of the hill started. The residents said they had told HIMUDA officials to construct drains to check the soil erosion during rain.

They said many buildings on the river side had become unsafe because of continuous sliding. The Resident Welfare Association (RWA) has also taken up the issue with the local administration.

Two years ago, the river had washed away the Saurabh Van Vihar, a tourist resort. This year also, the river water entered the van vihar.

To check flash floods, the state government should ban mining in the river. Earlier, the NGT had banned mining but recently the state government allowed the selected mining in the river.

Col Shakti Chand Sharma and Dev Raj Chaudhry, president and secretary of the HIMUDA Residents Welfare Association, said they had already taken up the matter with higher officers in Shimla. A team of officers comprising assistant engineer and junior engineer visited the spot today and initiated the steps to check the sliding.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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