Mussoorie (Dehradun): The picturesque Mussoorie beholds a major threat for 600 families living in dilapidated and time-worn houses of the city.

One of the top tourist destinations in the country, Mussoorie is included in the Seismic Zone-5 (extremely high damage risk area) by the earthquake zoning map of India. Making the scenario even worse is the fact that Mussoorie witnesses the highest rainfall in the state.

In an incongruous look to the serene city, these 600 families are living on the razor’s edge as their residential accommodation is susceptible to collapse any time. With heavy rainfall and light earthquake tremors being a usual phenomenon in the region, the families living in outdated multi-storey buildings are under the constant threat losing their lives in a mishap.

Out of 3500 houses surveyed by the Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre (DMCC), 600 have been rated as extremely dangerous for living. The survey carried out in eleven wards of the city, declared houses in the South and North Block in Landour area highly unsafe.

This DMMC survey report has been presented to Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) which made certain recommendations to the State Government regarding the new construction or renovation of the dilapidated buildings which came into existence before 1980.

Despite the efforts, no major initiative has been undertaken to ameliorate the condition.

Dr Piyush Rautela, Executive Director, DMMC said, “In collaboration with MDDA, we are trying to search a solution to the problem.” He was confident of soon searching out a method in this regard.

VK Suman, Secretary, MDDA said, “The board has forwarded the required recommendations to the State Government on whose instructions we will take steps to ensure safety.”