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Himalayan tragedy
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Danish Siddiqui /Reuters Damaged houses in Rudraprayag on June 20, with the ground washed away from under some of them.

The havoc that followed torrential rains in Uttarakhand had been in the making for many years. Rampant construction and unmindful digging and blasting of the hills had been going on, and the State’s successive governments ignored the warning signs. By PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI in New Delhi

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One can only imagine through the news that have been coming up that how enormous was the targedy that took place in the holy and wonderfull valley of Himalayas. According to the reports coming up there are still a lot of people stranded over there. The Government is trying it's best to console the apathy of the people but the weather conditions prevailing there are making siuations worse. People have lost their loved ones but still living with an anxiety of finding them somewhere in any of the hospitals. Many blamed the Government for not taking up prudent measures.But when a calamity of such behemoth size comes uncalling helplessness peeps in. The regional terrain over there makes it more worse for the rescuers to reach to the survived souls.Though the government tried their best to rescue the survivers. But many lost their lives in this baneful inundation.The whole ecology has been dismantled. This tragedy has left us unasnwered with the question " are we so vulnerable to such calamities
from:  Kumar Sumit
Posted on: Jul 10, 2013 at 11:41 IST
In the last 15 years hotels, resorts and power stations have come up on river beds illegally violating rules. Deforestation has been rampant. Government has neglected warnings of experts. CM and ministers were busy in retaining their power. Central Govt. also can't neglect its responsibility.
Posted on: Jul 8, 2013 at 15:41 IST
Most of the famous hill stations are overcrowded/overpopulated with
mushrooming of multistoreyed buildings/illegal constructions without any
control. A minor earthquake can cause devastation. There should be
blanket ban for construction of buildings further more in these hill
stations; otherwise, we may have to witness Kedarnath like situation in
near future.
from:  D. Subramanian
Posted on: Jul 4, 2013 at 12:39 IST
A really shocking natural disaster after earthquake of Bhuj and tsunami of southern states. Despite all facts about natural calamities are there a major part of loss of human life would have been avoided if government and local bodies were given adequate attention before going for any development programmes at Utharakhand precisely at Bhadrinath area because Utharakhand is a mountainous and sloppy geographical terrain, where landslide is not an uncommon incident during every rainy season. Frontline has exhaustively given various accounts of unmindful and insensitive approach by the authorities before pursuing development activities like construction of buildings, blasting in mountains and river above all cutting of trees and natural vegetation. This another lesson the nature has given to humankind as the consequence of our greedy pursuance of development.
from:  Appade Rajeevan
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 23:55 IST
The uttarakhand's catatrophic flood disaster , no doubt owe its origin to nature but its widespread havaoc and brutality
is more caused by unmindful and mismanagement of resources by humans. The very spirit of sustainable
development is missing. The expanding population, poor land use, destruction of natural vegetaion, increasing strain of
developmental projects like dams, roads, tunnels etc have bound to bring severe impact on life and property either
during floods or earthquakes.

Thus there is an urgent need to act on this. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT is the most imperative
need and the only way left today. And this could be achieved by :
1) conservation and protection of rivers, their basins, beds etc
2) regeneration of natural environment through afforestation and integrated water management
3) population stabilization
4) strengthening of environment impact assessment system
5) enlarging people's awareness and their participation
6) ensuring good governance
from:  Lalit singh
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 07:42 IST
Why is it that it always takes some tragedy or horrific incident for us
to discuss the issues like development,efficiency of government etc ?
Even now the clamour about reckless tampering with nature in name of
development would settle down and the public discourse would fade
away.We,the masses,and our political class would get back to business as
usual.We are collectively responsible for such disasters and
devastation,therefore corrective actions must also emanate from all
sections of society.
from:  Ruchi Dhanda
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 06:25 IST
Not only the construction of dams, Hydro electric power plants and road
construction created a catastrophe, Promotion of urbanization, Hotels
and restaurants construction near the banks of river is an another
reason. In a hilly areas like uttarkand local people should be promoted
to do forest dependent activities like horiculture, animal husbandry for
their income instead of promoting season dependent hotel and restaurants
from:  Gowthaman
Posted on: Jun 30, 2013 at 13:06 IST
Does the Constuction that can cause so much Destruction necessary?????
The Uttarakhand tragedy that left hundreds of people lose their innocent
near and dear ones is the lesson for the government and we the people of
nation that the over exploitation of nature can enhance the fury of
nature..we must learn a lot for our betterment...there should be strict
norms for the construction projects specially in the sensitive areas and
no relaxation should be given as far as the norms and security of the
masses is concerned...
from:  Sahil Grover
Posted on: Jun 29, 2013 at 11:56 IST
This was a man-made catastrophe waiting to happen. Illegal and
unscientific construction along the river banks and along the slopes has
aggravated the damage. It is high time governments make environmental
impact assessments mandatory for all construction projects in sensitive
zones. Responsible tourism preserving the ecology of the area should be
the norm. It is much better to forgo some revenue from the mushrooming
of illegal structures rather than face a disaster of this scale.
from:  George Mohan
Posted on: Jun 28, 2013 at 12:03 IST
This article should open the eyes of the government. Over-exploitation of the nature will produce more havocs. We should go back to the nature and try to conserve it to avoid such disasters in future.
from:  sumesh krishnan nair
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 18:53 IST
A majority of citizens do understand the difficulty faced by the
government machinery in regard to the rescue and rehabilitation
efforts. But still loss of dear ones is far more devastating.
Incidentally, the tragedy has just underscored importance of achieving
balance between development and protection of nature and environment.
But ordinary citizens do not know how to balance the twin objectives
of development and protection of environment. This is happening in
many cases, particularly when land acquisition for new industrial
projects becomes a contentious issue. Those who are vociferously
fighting, pushing forward their group’s agenda, are not ready to
dispassionately examine the views of the other group. Almost all
citizens feel powerless and helpless. They are often mute spectators
when two groups, one for industrial development without not many
precautions and other for development but with maintaining the
environmental balance, push their own agenda. It is very disturbing.
from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Jun 27, 2013 at 17:14 IST
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