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The ghost villages of Uttarakhand

Seven kilometres ahead of Kanatal in the Tehri district, three large boards announce that a slip road is being built under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. This narrow road leads to Saur, once a bustling village but now eerily silent and desolate. Roofs have caved in and weeds have taken over untended land. Of the hundred or so families that own land and houses here, just 12 can be found now. The rest have migrated to the plains – for good. [more]