By Accommodation Times Bureau
With the arrival of monsoon in Himachal Pradesh, the state government has directed the residents to avoid initiating new construction projects in the hilly areas, especially in Shimla, for the next two months following incidents of massive landslides and damages that take place during monsoon every year.
Town and country planner Rajinder said state government has directed that people should avoid initiating any land cutting for construction purpose as it can pose dangers of landslides during monsoons. He said entire Shimla Municipal Corporation area is under such threat of landslides.
Officials at Shimla municipal corporation said core Shimla falls under seismic zone-IV that is becoming more vulnerable to earthquakes and landslides as 65% buildings including 83% government buildings built in the area are already unsafe, along with number of unplanned constructions.
In 2016, as many as 20 buildings had collapsed in the state with most of them being in Shimla. In August, a five-storey building collapsed in Hatkoti, and another collapsed at Rohru killing two people. In August, a five- storey half constructed building had collapsed in Mehli area of Shimla. Same year, many road stretches had collapsed due to haphazard constructions including circular road stretch near Lakkar Bazaar and a major stretch at Ghora Chauki causing inconvenience.
In 2015, as many as 13 families had become homeless in Krishnanagar area of Shimla following the collapse of their shelters and in same area around 200 families had become homeless in 2013 due to landslide. In April this year, a road stretch at Chaura Maidan had collapsed due to ongoing construction.