Panic in Baramulla areas as land skids after rains

Govt yet to act on 2011 survey report;Residents angry

ALTAF BABA

Baramulla, Apr 3: A number of houses at Shirpora Kandi here have been damaged due to land-sliding following incessant rains in the past few days, triggering panic among the residents.
Residents of Shirpora Kandi told Greater Kashmir that land-sliding in the area has damaged several meters of a newly-constructed road while at least 9-ft portion of the road has been displaced.
The land-sliding, they said, occurred since Monday with a number of residential houses developing cracks. “The district administration must intervene and do something to address the problem,” said Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Kandi.
Land-sliding is a common phenomenon in Kandi where many orchards have also suffered damage in the past. The residents have many times urged the government to address the problem, but to no avail.
Geology and Mining and Soil Conservation departments have already conducted s survey in the landslide-prone areas of Kandi, but the authorities, according to residents, have failed to implement their recommendations.
The survey was carried out in 2011 after scores of houses suffered damage due to land sliding then. “While studying the geological phenomenon of the affected area, the landslides appear to be governed by the incline out slope dip (1-3 degree), litho-logical variation of the slope, unusual precipitation, unusual rise of temperature (leading quick snow melting) and above all refilling and leveling of terraced land, creating ground for land slips in the area,” the survey report said. “The rainfall acts in two ways, one by creating force and second by resulting displacement. The presence of plastic clay does not allow the water to move deep down to the ground and thus provide way for displacement for over-lying mass under heavy load due to water. Several cracks that had developed in the area due to 2005 earthquake had not been treated yet. Such fissures, cracks could prove fatal in future.”
The survey report said “gully erosion should be checked by constructing the check dams, retaining walls and protection bunds at vulnerable spots.”
Locals said despite the area being home constituencies of opposition PDP leaders Muzaffar Beigh and Basharat Bukhari, nothing has been done to address the ‘grave problem’.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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