Shimla, May 29 : Additional Chief Secretary (Public Works and Revenue) Manisha Nanda on Wednesday said that during last year, due to prolonged monsoon rains as well as unprecedented intensive snowfall and rainfall during winter season, the extensive damages had occurred on the entire length of 133 Kms of National Highway NH-154-A (Banikhet-Chamba-Bharmour Road).
Heavy rainfall and snowfall has also resulted in triggering of massive landslides and activation of existing landslide zones lying dormant so far, due to over-saturation etc.
She said that the matter was taken up with the Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways,
Govt. of India to send a team of experts for suggesting short and long term measures to mitigate the vulnerability of the alignment of this NH.Manisha Nanda said that the Ministry has constituted a four Member Expert Group comprising of the following resource specialists to study the vulnerability of the alignment of NH-154A and submit the final report incorporating the suggested solution for preventing the reoccurrence of the disaster risks desirably within nine weeks.
The expert Group members are Dr. R. K. Bhandari, Distinguished Visiting Professor, IIT Roorkee and Member, NAC to NDMA; (Disaster Mitigation Expert), Dr. Rajender Thapa, Principal Scientific Officer, HP Remote Sensing Centre, Shimla (Geological Expert), Dr. Kishore Kumar, Chief Scientist, Central Road Research Institute, Delhi (Engineering Geologist), Dr. Naveen James, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, Punjab (Landslide Expert) She said that the above Expert Group is visiting this National Highway on 9-10th June, 2019.
Based upon the recommendations of above Expert Group, the detailed project reports shall be prepared by the State Government for the approval of the Govt. of India for funding.However, the State PWD department has already proposed tentative budget estimate amounting to Rs 200 Crores for Special Repairs to this NH-154A for inclusion in the Annual Plan 2019-20 of the Ministry. UNI