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Another Kedarnath kind of disaster is waiting in Zanskar region:ALTOA
Jammu,March 01, (Scoop News)- A meeting was held by the members of Zanskar Social Welfare Society and All Ladakh Tour Operator Association (ALTOA) in which Tsering Phunchok president of ZSWS, Rinchen Namgyal president of ALTOA, Chhering Tandup Asstt. Professor, IME, Bhaderwah Campus, Jammu University and prominent citizens from Zanskar were present.

They discussed about the present situation of Zanskar river lake which formed after landslide. A landslide measuring 400 meters length, 165 meters wide and 65 meters high blocked a sub tributary the Tserap river a sub- tributary of Zanskar River on 31st December, from Shaday Sumdo towards Marshan in Zanskar region of Ladakh. This resulted to form a lake of more than 17 km length and 55mtr in height, towards the upstream of Tserap river and accumulated 100 million cubic meter water. The location of landslide dam is 33° 17′ 25.3″ N & 77° 17′ 06.8″ E. Landslide dam is made of mostly fine grained and soft debris. While the lake is frozen till now, the threat of its breach looms as soon as the melting season starts. As per Mr Chhering Tandup , Asstt. Professor, Institute of Mountain Environment , Bhaderwah Cmpus, University of Jammu stated that the maximum villages of Zanskar region is located at the altitude of 15 to 25 meters from the river base and in case of sudden burst of 60 meters height Lake can easily wash everything.

Government has already delayed to take concrete action to resolve this issue. We the people of Zanskar region appealing from the government to kindly expedite to defuse this catastrophic disaster at war level. Now there are some informations that NDMA experts had recommended to breach the lake with remove of soft debris with manual work which seems to be very expensive and time taking process. At the same time if this lake is not breach within stipulated twenty days it lead to further accumulation of water because of onset of summer and melting of snow and glaciers in the upper catchment area. This can again repeat the disaster like Kedarnath. This would lead to invaluable loss of human lives, losses worth crores of property and infrastructure. We appeal to the government to kindly invite and include the valuable suggestions from the local people and make participatory approach to defuse this disaster There are some such suggestions for safe and effective diffusion of the crisis posted on social media and also sent to authorities including the J&K Governor’s office. Such solutions from local engineers should not be overlooked. This is important because the Ladakhi people with their local knowledge know from generations that water canals made on loose soil causes immediate and dangerous erosion resulting in the bursting water reservoir. We appeal to newly formed government to kindly increase the facility of helicopter services to shift the stranded passengers of Zanskar because of restriction on movement of Chader route by the government. Since there are more than 400 passengers are stranded here in Leh and if they are not facilitated with helicopter services they are ready to go through Chader route at the risk of their lives.


All Ladakh Tour Operator Association (ALTOA) president Mr Rinchen Namgyal has stated that tourism industry had already suffered with huge business loss because of stop of famous Chader Treck during this winter. This year 100 tourist groups cancelled their Chader tracking. At the same time ALTOA president mentioned that if the problem of Zanskar river is not resolved within stipulated time it is again going to have a huge economic lose in coming season since rafting on Zanskar river and Darcha Padum treck will be started from 15th May,
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