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The Hindu (2004.9.5): Road-widening activity is triggering hazardous landslides in Uttarakhand

By Rakesh Agarwal
The Hindu, September 5, 2004

…Most people the team spoke to, felt that the road widening exercise that aims to make this National Highway (NH) 58 a four-lane highway, is a dangerous game; and poses a threat to the fragile environment of the Himalayas. A “cloud burst” had hit Lambagar, a village some 15 km before Badrinath, earlier, activating a rivulet, Daya Nalah, as the debris, thanks to the road widening exercise, blocked the road. Next day, a bulldozer was clearing this stretch of the highway, when disaster struck again. This time, it proved fatal. [more]