A team of geologists from Himachal Pradesh on Friday warned of more landslides in the vicinity of Manikaran gurdwara, where an adjoining building housing a serai and langar hall was damaged when a huge boulder came crashing down on August 18, leaving seven pilgrims dead.
When contacted, deputy commissioner Rakesh Kanwar said that the geologists along with Kullu sub divisional magistrate (SDM) Rohit Rathore had inspected the site of the landslide and areas adjoining it. “They have informed me over phone that there might more landslides in the area. We are waiting for the final report of the geologists after which a final decision on whether to declare the building unfit will be taken. At present, a part of the building adjoining the gurdwara has been sealed. People are advised against visiting the area and those residing in the vicinity have been advised to stay away from the landslide-prone area,” Kanwar said.
The team would compile a report regarding measures to be taken to deal with the situation. “There can be controlled blasting or a retaining wall can be built around the boulders,” Rathore said. The district administration has identified three sensitive points near Gadagi village in Manikaran, where heavy boulders might wreck havoc again.