Landslides force migration from Kashmir

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Kourapani (J-K), Feb 25 (ANI): Landslides in the vicinity of the Baglihar hydroelectric power project in Kashmir led to cracks in the houses forcing the people to migrate elsewhere in search of safe accommodation.

Accumulation of water in the reservoir may have been the cause of landslide.

Even as the authorities embarked upon a mission to find an alternative stretch on the national highway for connecting Doda and Kishtwar districts with the rest of the country, fear has overwhelmed the inhabitants here.

Geological experts have already identified some spots prone to landslide in the area. Among the worst hit areas are KouraPani, Malhori, Jathi, Assar, Marsu, Trungal,Gagla , Kashi and other villages adjoining the Baglihar reservoir.

"Because of the river Chenab, the walls are developing cracks. Till now, nobody came to see it. Divisional Commissioner has neither interacted with the public nor said anything regarding giving us any protection or compensation. My house, my father's house and my brother's house, all have developed maximum number of cracks and when the Divisional Commissioner saw it, he ordered the Block Divisional Officer to provide us with some support and fill the cracks," said Chain Singh, a resident.

The 500-metre vulnerable stretch runs between Assar and Trugal. The road started sinking at Koura Pani, Gagla, Kashi and Jatthi areas on the Batote-Kishtwar national highway.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand visited the affected villages to take stock of the situation.

"We have discussed about it and are waiting for the technical reports. Whenever we receive the reports, we will try to find the alternative solution as fast as possible," said Tara Chand.

While plight of the people have increased manifold due to the sinking of the land at several places, the authorities seem to be waiting for the report. y Pradeep Sharma (ANI)

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