By : Mohan Verma
District Administration of Lahaul & Spiti has sounded high alert to the people living in down stream of Billing nalah (rivulet) after formation of two artificial lakes due to frequent land slides following recent heavy snowfall in the tribal district, 400 km from Shimla.
Talking to media, District Magistrate of Lahaul & Spiti Mr. Beer Singh Thakur who personally visited the spot on Tuesday said that high alert have been sounded to the people as administration had accessed the threat of lakes formed after land slides on Billing nalah under Keylong gram panchayat.
“Billing nalah normally have discharge of three cusec feet water from Sonum glacier above district headquarter Keylong, it had witnessed similar landslides on the rivulet in 1993 and 2001 but after formation of the lake on the high hills it cannot be taken lightly this time.” Mr. Thakur said.
Heavy snowfall on Sunday triggered massive land slides spreading down in about two to three kilometer area in the valley, burying under it 8 bigha cultivated land of the Billing villagers. No loss of life has been occurred so far but two temporary houses had been washed by the impact of landslides, which now poses constant threat on the left bank of Billing nalah.
The muck of landslides spilled in two kilometer area buried down the crops of the people under.
As now temperature was keeping under sub zero on the glacial points ahead could burst these lakes, as discharge of water came down to six inch which could increase with on setting of summer, he said.
The Billing nalah houses 400 kilowatt Himurja project, however administration claimed that there is no threat to the property and human habitation as rivulet is widespread in the down stream.