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Himachal Pradesh’s CM shows anxiety that state may face Joshimath-type fate; urges Centre to release more disaster fund

Himachal CM Sukhvinder Sukhu cleared the air by saying that the Center should increase the disaster fund as the hill state may face cracks in buildings like Joshimath.

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu cleared the air by saying that the Center should increase the disaster fund for the state; otherwise, the hill state may face gorges and cracks in buildings like Joshimath in Uttarakhand.

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The chief minister was virtually addressing the opening ceremony for the installation of two Doppler weather radars. When the chief minister expressed concerns about several hill state regions that are vulnerable to land subsidence, he also urged Jitendra Singh, the Union’s minister of science, to visit the state to discuss the issue.

Doppler weather radar’s goal is to deliver better and more effective weather services for accurate forecasts, warnings, and weather data.

The state could not adequately manage these sliding regions with suitable equipment. “We need the installation of four dedicated Doppler weather radar systems for Himachal,” said Sukhu, adding that the phenomenon “may increasingly threaten people and their property.”

According to the chief minister, several areas of Himachal like the Kinnaur and Lahaul Spiti districts were seeing cloud bursts in about 30% of the territory, and reports of land developing cracks and sliding can’t be denied.

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Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, and its historic ridge have been sinking for three to four decades.

The IMD on Sunday ordered four doppler weather radars (DWRs) in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu and Kashmir, which are capable of monitoring weather in the western Himalayan region.

DWRs have been installed in the Chamba district and the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said the number of doppler radars in the county has increased from 15 in 2013 to 37 in 2023.

 

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