Mussoorie: Scientists raised questions regarding the construction of a 2.74 km long tunnel
The approval and allocation of budget for the construction of a long tunnel in Mussoorie, an area prone to landslides and earthquakes, without any geological survey and scientific study is shocking
In Mussoorie, the Queen of Hills, the proposed 2.74 km long tunnel construction works at a cost of Rs 700 crore to make the traffic system more comfortable has already come under the scanner.
While on the one hand, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has informed about the approval of a budget of Rs 700 crore for the construction of the proposed tunnel, the scientists of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology believe that without geological survey and scientific study, the approval and budget allocation for the construction of such a long tunnel in an area like Mussoorie, which is very sensitive to earthquakes and landslides, is a shocking aspect.
Dr. Vikram Gupta, the senior landslide scientist of Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, says that after studying Mussoorie and its surrounding area, it has come to the fore that Mussoorie and the surrounding area is very sensitive to landslides, in such a situation the approval for the construction of the long tunnel and the allocation of the budget without any scientific study or geological survey is surprising.
At the same time, Dr. Gupta also says that in the modern era, where tunnels are being built under the sea, it is not very difficult to make tunnels in areas like Mussoorie provided that for this a scientific study on all aspects will be carried out.
Vikram Gupta also believes that the entire Mussoorie region has limestone rocks