Indian hill stations at risk

Indian hill stations at risk

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India: Tourists and residents in the hill resorts of Mussoorie and Nainital in Uttarakhand, which fall under the high seismic zones, may be living on the edge.  

A new survey on Mussoorie, a major tourist attraction in the North, conducted by the Uttarakhand Government’s Department of Disaster Management has revealed that 18% of the buildings, including hotels and schools, face the risk of “high probability” damage of Grade V and IV in case of a big earthquake.  

In all, 3,344 buildings spread over 11 residential wards were surveyed in with the department using satellite imagery for mapping the infrastructure in global information system (GIS) environment.

“Our other survey on Nainital is also in final stages. The initial reports in the Nainital survey are also similar to that of Mussoorie’s. This is periodic exercise which our department undertakes from time to time,” said Piyoosh Rautela, Executive Director of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Centre (DMMC), a unit of the disaster management department.

Source: Business Standard