Mizoram: 23 earthquakes in five weeks, landslides in various districts

The hill state of Mizoram has experienced 23 earthquakes in the last five weeks so far! The tremors and incessant rainfall has also caused landslides in various districts of the state. The latest tremor to jolt the state was recorded in 24 July in the Champai district situated near the India-Myanmar border. Residents have been shifted to temporary camps and officials are yet to ascertain the damage caused by these natural disasters.

The district administration has been providing the affected families with tarpaulins, water tanks, solar lamps, first aid kits and eatables.

Other districts to record earthquake are Saitual, Serchhip and Siaha

Chardham Highway Project: Roads of standard size will impact fragile ecosystem

A Supreme Court appointed committee which was to submit a report to the Ministry of Environment on the width of the road for the Char Dham highway project, has witnessed a split among itself.

The committee has submitted two different reports. A four-member group of the 26 member committee, including the Chairman, has submitted that the Supreme Court should take the final call on the width. They have suggested a road with 5.5 meters in width.

The other group of 21 members has submitted a different report recommending that the road should be constructed as planned by the government and should be expanded to double line with a width of 12 meters.

The committee was established in August 2019 by the apex court to study the ecological impact of the 900 km all-weather highway project in the Himalayan Uttarakhand.

Water connection in every household of Meghalaya & Manipur by 2022 and 2024 respectively

In order to connect every rural household with water supply, the government of Meghalaya has set the deadline of December 2022. The project will commence under the Jal Jeevan Mission of the Union Government. It is expected that the scheme will cover 5,89,888 households in more than 6000 villages of Meghalaya.

In another major development, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for Water Supply Projects in Manipur. The project worth Rs. 3050 crores aim to provide tap water to the households in more than 25 towns and 1700 villages which is to cover 2,80,756 houses in 16 districts of the hill state.

Jal Jeevan Mission with moto “Har Ghar Jal” is a centrally funded scheme which aims to provide safe drinking water to each household by 2024.

NGT seeks report on pharma units polluting rivers in Himachal

In order to check the disposal of waste water being discharged by two pharma companies into the river Sirsa and Satluj in Himachal, the NGT has formed a committee and has directed it to submit a detailed report on the issue.

This came as an action by the NGT on a plea seeking strict action against the pharma companies in the Solan district. It has been alleged that the companies are discharging pathogens which is considered a serious threat to human and aquatic health.

The committee includes members of the Central Pollution Control Board, Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board and District Magistrate, Solan.

Cloudburst causes 12 casualties in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

The District Administration of Pithoragarh has evacuated more than 50 families in the Munsiyari region to safe shelters like primary schools and other government buildings. The measure is being taken following the incident of cloudburst in the Himalayan state.

The recent cloudburst has claimed 12 lives till now. A report states that 2 people are still missing. A team including 29 NDRF personnel, 19 ITBP personnel, 10 SDRF personnel and local police have been deployed in the search operation and to provide relief measures.

Uttarakhand opens Chardham to pilgrims from other states

Revising its earlier order and issuing a new standard operating procedure (SOP), the Uttarakhand Devasthanam Board has allowed the people from other states to undertake Chardham Yatra. The condition is, the pilgrims will be issued an e-pass which needs to be carried by them along with a valid ID card and the original copy of the COVID-19 test report.

The SOP states that an individual needs to be tested negative 72 hrs before arriving in the state from an ICMR authorised lab. A separate provision has been made for the asymptomatic people who have not been tested. They need to undergo a mandatory quarantine before applying for the e-pass.

More than 21,000 e-passes have been issued till date for the Chardham Yatra.

(By: Gautam Kumar)

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