Around ten huge landslides all the way through without equal 2 days have already shattered communication to Darjeeling and adjoining places. The most threatening one in every of them between Gayabari and Paglajhora has washed out a prolonged stretch of NH55 that connects Darjeeling with the plains global. Beside freeway, the legendary slim gauge apply of Toy Train that chugs along the road has moreover incurred heavy damage at many places.
According to G. N Raha from Indian meteorology Department, Darjeeling had 79% deficit rainfall till 1st June. But heavy shower after that has pushed up the cumulative decide to 660mm in opposition to straightforward level of 540mm till 29th June. That is 22% additional over same old rainfall.
“Continuing heavy rain has made rescue operations and restoration of road links very difficult. Though few smaller alternate road links are there, disruptions in NH 55 have magnified the prevailing crisis due to Pandemic,” mentioned Chandra Vugel, a space resident at Gayabari.
“It is too difficult to predict any time frame for restoration of normalcy. We are trying our best, ” mentioned a senior Public Workers Department reputable.
Interestingly, “Very young and fragile rocky base of the whole Darjeeling needs to be handled very carefully,” mentioned eminent geologist Dr. M. Desai. But flooring fact displays completely different footage.
As landslide professional Dr. U. M. Pradhan well-known, Darjeeling might simply certainly not keep watch over usage and disposal of plastic. Littering of those develops blockage in jhoras (Small waterfalls) causing business water seepage traces, loosening of soil and in any case landslides.
Load bearing capacity of the roads has never been set underneath geological consideration. Vehicles ply there without any load restriction.
Against the British era rule of allowing absolute best two storied delicate weight matter subject material buildings, Darjeeling civic control now allow Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) constructions of over 13.5 meter (5 storied) top even on steep terrains.