Lucknow: One of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the country, Nainital, is no longer safe from the threat of landslides. Concerned about the indiscriminate construction activities that have been going on for the past two-three decades, geologists have called for a complete stop to these activities.

Scientists of Geological Survey of India (GSI) have developed a Landslide Hazard Zonation (LHZ) mapping for Nanital in Kumaun. According to the scientists, use of these maps would help in avoiding Kedarnath-like devastation to a large extent as the valley is very unsteady in terms of geo-technics. Scientists have warned that the region is quite sensitive from the viewpoint of landslides. Therefore, if cognizance of the recurring landslides in the valley is not taken, then Nainital too, could one day become the victim of a major catastrophe.

Sher-ka-danda ridge, naina peak trek and Ayarpatta ridge are amongst the most vulnerable destinations. According to data, most of the major landslides since 1867 have taken place in these hill areas. Dr VK Sharma, Director of GSI, has prepared the Landslide Hazard Zonation map.


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