Uttarakhand News

Nainital High Court orders periodic survey of Gaumukh glacier

The Uttarakhand High Court has asked Dehradun-based geology institute to conduct a survey of Gaumukh in collaboration with ISRO every three months to find out whether a lake is developing close to the glacier and file a report.

Hearing a PIL filed by Delhi resident Acharya Ajay Gautam claiming that a lake has formed dangerously close to Gaumukh, a division bench of Chief Justice K M Joseph and Justice Sharad Sharma asked the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) yesterday to conduct a survey every three months of the point from where the Ganga originates.

The court also held that if a temporary lake had formed at Gaumukh, it must be removed scientifically.

The petition claims that a lake covering an area of nearly 1.5 sq km has developed beside a huge mound of debris, measuring 30 metres in height and 250 metres in width, close to Gaumukh which might cause a Kedarnath-like tragedy in future. The 2013 Kedarnath tragedy killed thousands of people after heavy rains led to the collapse of the Chaurabari Lake located above the shrine, causing flashfloods.

Inputs from Business Standard