The Himachal Pradesh High Court expressed concern about the frequent landslides that have been occurring in the state. It sent notice Friday to the Indian Central and State governments, as well as the National Highway Authority of India. They asked for instructions to take the necessary steps to minimize the damage to property and lives caused by disasters.
A division bench consisting of Justice Jyotsna rewal Dua and Ravi Malimath, acting Chief Justice, passed an order regarding a petition filed by Namita Maniktala. It considered it a public interest litigation.
According to the petitioner, many areas of the state are susceptible to landslides and both residents and tourists have a fundamental rights to life. It is the responsibility of the state to take preventative measures to avoid them.
Maniktala stated that experts have suggested measures to prevent landslides. However, the state and NHAI authorities don’t take these suggestions into consideration when constructing developmental projects, particularly highways involving large-scale excavation of hills.
The petitioner requested that the state inform the court regarding the implementation of the recommendations of experts. He also asked for the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology to be engaged in a study of landslide-prone zones and recommend measures to stop them.
She also prayed for the installation of landslide prediction devices, such as those developed by IIT-Mandi in landslide-prone regions.
After four weeks, the court placed the matter on the agenda for the next hearing and ordered respondents to respond by the next date.
Many people were killed when major landslides occurred in the Kangra, Kinnaur, and Lahaul–Spiti districts. In the last two months, terrifying videos of massive landslides at Sirmaur-Shimla districts went viral.