Landslide repair

Along with the beautiful creeks and rivulets, comes the danger of landslides. The Himalayas in the region of Joshimath have numerous trees and dense foliage. At the time of the monsoons, however, the sites where the streams and ‘naalas’ ( seasonal rivulets) flow are prone to landslides. Thankfully, the government and its agencies work tirelessly to repair these breaches around the clock. It is hard work and very impressive to see the smooth manner in which the repair is carried out, through thunderstorms and pouring rain. The rubble is removed, until solid ground is reached, and traffic is guided through the remaining part of the road. A retaining wall is constructed gradually, stone by stone, rock by solid rock, with concrete, and the area within it is strengthened and filled to allow it to be as good as before…

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As you can see, there is an abundance of trees all over, it is not due to deforestation, we even saw large tree trunks which had been uprooted by the gushing water. Before we sit back and criticise our government and the system, we should thank the very same system for helping thousands everyday to travel across these roads, which are the only route of transportation in these parts……


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