Action taken report by Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board on Mussoorie, 12/03/2024

  • 12/03/2024

Action taken report by Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board in compliance of orders dated July 26, 2023 and November 9, 2023 in the matter of: In re: News item published in The Tribune dated January 16, 2023 titled "Joshimath disaster a warning for Mussoorie".

The performance monitoring of STPs located in Mussoorie area are being carried out by the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board on a monthly basis. The state has already identified the activities for execution of suggestive "preventive and remedial measures". Some activities are already being executed by line departments, while some activities are part of regular activities.

Action plan for execution of preventive and remedial measures mentioned that for tunnel and major civil structures projects like hotel, hospital it is suggested that detailed engineering, geological and geotechnical investigations should be done as per BIS codes and construction permission should only be granted after clearance of the report from the state/Centre appointed statutory body.

A GIS based decision support system (DSS) is being prepared through Gati Shakti Portal by the Mussoorie-Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA). The major features are – Slope analysis, disaster prone area, geological report, forest area and private forest areas. In order to ascertain proper examination of existing building and retrofitting of structures along with technical auditing of multistory buildings, MDDA has requested the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee for the same.

Some places affected by landslides and degraded slopes around Mussoorie have been selected for treatment. An action plan has been prepared which includes creation of nursey for soil binding plants; assisted natural regeneration of degrated areas by planing Oak saplings and jute geo textile treatment for stabilizing degraded slopes. 

Landslide treatment at km 25 of NH No. 1 i.e Dehradun Mussoorie State Highway is proposed after topographical, geological and geotechnical investigations and duly approved by IIT, Delhi.

A detailed project report for Master Drainage Plan of Mussoorie town, Dehradun district, Uttarakhand will be prepared and it would include three major tasks:

  1. To carry out detailed drainage studies of storm water of the Mussoorie township.
  2. To prepare sustainable proper Master Drainage Plan for the Mussoorie township.
  3. To carry out Isotope Hydrological survey, Geo Technical Survey, Geophysical Survey and Sub-Surface Percolation study, a letter has been sent to the Director Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, December 16, 2023.

Note: The report of March 12, 2024 was uploaded to the NGT site, April 1, 2024