CRUMBLING OF MOUNTAIN AT PANTHA CHOWK

Four days after a part of mountain crumbled at Pantha Chowk area here forcing over 20 families to migrate, the authorities Sunday said they have conducted a thorough assessment and found 52 families are living under constant threat.
CRUMBLING OF MOUNTAIN AT PANTHA CHOWK

Four days after a part of mountain crumbled at Pantha Chowk area here forcing over 20 families to migrate, the authorities Sunday said they have conducted a thorough assessment and found 52 families are living under constant threat. 

The authorities have prepared the report recommending short-term and long term measures with active involvement of Geologists, who have already declared the area unsafe for the residential purpose. 

"We visited the area and conducted an extensive survey. We identified 52 families, who are at risk.  They are living under constant threat as the mountain has already developed cracks," said Tehsildar Pantha Chowk, Abdur Rehman Dar.

He said that a team of Geologists have already suggested constructing of steps on the mountain part to prevent it from caving in.

"Of the 52 families, 20 are living in the lap of mountain range and can be hit by rocks anytime," the Tehsildar said.

He said the report prepared by them will be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmed Lone. 

On the issue of not lifting the big rock that had hit the house of widow Irshada, the Tehsildar said that an interim relief of Rs 2000 under Red Cross Fund and some blankets and utensils were provided to the affected family.

He said on the rehabilitation of all the 52 families, government has to take a call.

"We will recommend relocation of most of the vulnerable families. The government has to take a final call," the Tehsildar said.

Asked why the rock hasn't been lifted from the house of the widow, the Tehsildar said that: "Geologists will first examine the rock. Besides, it can't be lifted by the men and a crane is needed. The problem is that the crane can't reach the house as there is proper road link."

Pertinently, at least 20 families have migrated from the area due to the fear as the upper part of the mountain has developed big cracks due to continues snowfall and rainfall.

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