Source : PRLog
Notwithstanding the fact that there are around 35 landslide zones on 84 kilometers long historic Mughal Road, there has been no proper coordination between different Government Departments vis-à-vis chalking out a strategy to stabilize such rocks, during the past several months.
Official sources told the that unprecedented rainfall during monsoon this year led to emergence of several major landslide zones on Mughal road between Poonch district of Jammu region and Shopian district of Kashmir valley and the concerned engineers of the State Government with the assistance of Hindustan Construction Corporation (HCC), which has been entrusted the task of making this historic road motorable, have identified nearly 35 such spots where stabilization of sliding rocks is imperative for preventing frequent damages to the road.
"From Shopian towards Peer Ki Gali, there are five major landslide zones of 60 meters to 300 meters wide. On 13 kilometer stretch between 21 kilometer milestone to 34 kilometer milestone from Shopian side, nearly 1 kilometer long patches in different areas are major sliding zones, sources said.
"The situation from Bufliaz towards Peer Ki Gali is worst as there are major as well as minor sliding zones after almost every kilometer. From Bufliaz onwards, there are around 30 sliding zones up to milestone of kilometer 34", they further said.
Keeping in view the number of landslide zones particularly the major ones, the concerned engineers of the State Government some months back decided to seek opinion of the experts so that a comprehensive strategy could be framed for starting rocks stabilization works, which is imperative for preventing frequent closure of historic road during rainy season, sources said.
Accordingly, Soil Conservation and Geology and Mining Departments and National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Hazratbal in Srinagar were formally requested to depute their experts for carrying out detailed study and recommending measures required to be taken for stabilization of sliding rocks.
However, none of them responded despite being given reminders by the concerned engineers during the past some months, sources regretted, adding "this clearly indicates the level of coordination between different Government departments on a project which is being given top priority by the State Government".
When contacted, Superintending Engineer, Mughal Road, Ghulam Qadir Pintoo confirmed that despite formal request and reminders, these Departments and NIT have not responded to their request so far, adding "it would be only on the basis of such study that Government would be approached for preparing proposals and estimates for stabilization of as many as possible rocks on the historic road".
While Director Soil Conservation, Abhay Kumar said that he will have to check whether any such request was made by Chief Engineer or Superintending Engineer Mughal Road, Director Geology and Mining, Parvez Ahmed Issahi said, "I have issued directions to my officers and they will be in touch with Mughal Road officers shortly".