Daily Mail India
Daily Mail India

Landslides detached Darjeeling, disrupted World Heritage ‘Toy Train’ service

SILIGURI: Monsoon and heavy rainfall induced landslides have began taking its toll on queen of hills Darjeeling by virtually detaching the hill metropolis and plenty of different adjoining habitations from remainder of the world. Narrow Gauge observe of legendary World Heritage Site ‘Toy Train‘ can also be badly broken.

Around ten huge landslides over the past 2 days have already shattered communication to Darjeeling and adjoining locations. The most harmful one amongst them between Gayabari and Paglajhora has washed out an extended stretch of NH55 that connects Darjeeling with the plains world. Beside street, the legendary slender gauge observe of Toy Train that chugs alongside the street has additionally incurred heavy harm at many locations.

According to G. N Raha from Indian meteorology Department, Darjeeling had 79% deficit rainfall until 1st June. But heavy bathe after that has pushed up the cumulative determine to 660mm in opposition to regular degree of 540mm until 29th June. That is 22% extra over regular rainfall.

“Continuing heavy rain has made rescue operations and restoration of road links very difficult. Though few smaller alternate road links are there, disruptions in NH 55 have magnified the prevailing crisis due to Pandemic,” mentioned Chandra Vugel, an area resident at Gayabari.

“It is too difficult to predict any time frame for restoration of normalcy. We are trying our best, ” mentioned a senior Public Workers Department official.

Interestingly, “Very young and fragile rocky base of the whole Darjeeling needs to be handled very carefully,” mentioned eminent geologist Dr. M. Desai. But floor actuality reveals fully completely different photos.

As landslide professional Dr. U. M. Pradhan famous, Darjeeling may by no means management utilization and disposal of plastic. Littering of these develops blockage in jhoras (Small waterfalls) inflicting alternate water seepage strains, loosening of soil and eventually landslides.

Load bearing capability of the roads has by no means been set underneath geological consideration. Vehicles ply there with none load restriction.

Against the British period rule of permitting solely two storied gentle weight materials buildings, Darjeeling civic administration now permit Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) constructions of over 13.5 meter (5 storied) excessive even on steep terrains.

“All these are practically inviting landslides,” mentioned Arup Guha, famous environmentalist.

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