State govt iden­ti­fies 13 vil­lages most vul­ner­a­ble to land­slide

Sur­vey con­ducted by GSI also pre­pared a list of 318 vil­lages iden­ti­fied as vul­ner­a­ble

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO RASH&NEGLIGENT - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: Learn­ing a les­son from the fa­tal land­slide in Malin in Pune district claim­ing 151 lives in July 2014, the state govern­ment has pre­pared a list of 13 most vul­ner­a­ble and 318 vul­ner­a­ble vil­lages prone to land­slide. Some of them will need to be re­lo­cated while in oth­ers the mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures will be un­der­taken by the govern­ment on ur­gent ba­sis.

Raigad district has the his­tory of the high­est num­ber of land­slides as it had wit­nessed 211 deaths dur­ing the July 2005 del­uge in four vil­lages. Sim­i­larly, the land­slide in Malin in Am­be­gaon taluka of Pune was re­ported as the most fa­tal land­slide in re­cent times. The sur­vey con­ducted by the Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia with the help of state ma­chin­ery has iden­ti­fied three more most vul­ner­a­ble vil­lages in Am­be­gaon. Six vil­lages from Rat­na­giri, Sind­hudurg and Satara have also been iden­ti­fied as most vul­ner­a­ble tak­ing the list to to­tal of 13 vil­lages.

Apart from the most vul­ner­a­ble, the govern­ment has also pre­pared a list of 318 vil­lages in six dis­tricts, in­clud­ing Thane, that are iden­ti­fied as the vul­ner­a­ble to the land­slide. Pune tops the chart with 94 vil­lages, fol­lowed by 84 in Raigad and 81 in Rat­na­giri in the list of the vul­ner­a­ble vil­lages. The vil­lages and places in­cluded some of the pop­u­lar spots among the

tourists, es­pe­cially for the picnics dur­ing mon­soon. Mal­shej Ghat, Am­boli Ghat, Lo­hgad and places in Ma­ha­balesh­war have been iden­ti­fied as prone to the land­slide.

“Af­ter the Malin land­slide which re­sulted in the loss of 151 lives in July 2014, we started pre­par­ing the list of the places prone to the land­slide to avoid fur­ther dam­age by tak­ing due pre­cau­tions. The list of most vul­ner­a­ble places will be treated on pri­or­ity as some of them need im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion and prob­a­bly shift­ing to an al­ter­na­tive place nearby. The list has got ap­proval from the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity

and the fund­ing to take up the pi­lot project is awaited,” said an of­fi­cer from the re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion de­part­ment.

“With the cen­tral fund­ing we have planned to take up struc­tural as well as non struc­tural works. Apart from the works like re­tain­ing walls, net­ting and in rare cases re­lo­ca­tion of the vil­lages, we have pro­posed the pro­grammes of aware­ness, train­ing, ori­en­ta­tion in the vil­lages that are prone to the nat­u­ral dis­as­ter. We will im­ple­ment the pi­lot projects on the ba­sis of ur­gency in se­lect vil­lages,” said Shridutt Ka­math, State Project Of­fi­cer.

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