Residents say cracks started appearing since tunnel construction began


After Joshimath, Uttarakhand’s Tehri Garhwal is also facing land subsidence and locals, in fear of landslides, urged the government on Wednesday to take cognisance of the issue and take necessary action. Landslides are happening in the villages adjacent to Tehri lake and cracks have increased in the houses above and near the Chamba Tunnel, putting over a half dozen families in danger, informed local people. Under the All-Weather Project, a 440-meter-long tunnel has been constructed in Chamba and after the construction of the tunnel, cracks started appearing in the houses of Chamba Main Market.

“The cracks started appearing since the construction of the tunnel began. Several surveys took place but no action was taken. We had tenants living here but we made them vacate in 2019. We demand that the govt takes measures here just like they did for Joshimath,” said Deepak Tiwari, a local affected by the subsidence.

“Our home was affected when the tunnel was only 3 to 4 meters. The sewerage system has also stopped working since then. We renovated the house and bathrooms but the new construction is also facing cracks and subsidence,” said another local Dinesh Prasad Kotiyal whose house is near the Chamba Tunnel. Another local affected in the Badoni area said, “A huge calamity is looming but we don’t understand what the authorities are waiting for.”