India: The Uttarakhand government has decided to carry out detailed mapping of different rivers and rivulets besides ecologically sensitive landslide-prone areas to identify sites prone to flash floods and other natural disasters. The decision was taken a year after the June 16-17 flash floods that ravaged Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts in Garhwal division.
The mapping process will cover several rives, including Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Mandakini, Pinder, Dholi and Kali Nadi, and also cover prominent holy places like Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi shrines in Haridwar.
Experts from different scientific and research institutions like the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Wadia Institute for Himalayan Geology (WIHG) will conduct a detailed mapping. The mapping of these major water bodies and sites would help gauge their actual ecological position. Mapping would begin in all 13 districts in Garhwal and Kumaon divisions, after detailed consultation with experts and scientists.
Source: Times of India