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385 Uttarakhand villages in danger, 10,000 cr needed to relocate | India News

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DEHRADUN / PITHORAGARH: Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat approved on Thursday 2.38 million rupees for the relocation of five villages out of more than 385 located in disaster prone belts of 12 districts in the mountainous state that are awaiting a shift to safer areas .
According to an earlier study by the state, the entire process can cost a whopping Rs 10 billion.
A maximum of 129 villages are in Pithoragarh district, followed by 62 in Uttarkashi, 61 in Chamoli, 42 in Bageshwar, 33 in Tehri, 26 in Pauri, 14 in Rudraprayag, 10 in Champawat, nine in Almora, six in Nainital, two in Dehradun and one in Udham Singh Nagar.
Orders for the relocation of the five villages in Tehri, Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Bageshwar districts were issued on Thursday and the funds approved. The funds were allocated for the construction of houses, a ‘gaushala’ and also a relocation grant.
The issue of relocation has regained momentum in the state after the natural calamity of Raini and Tapovan. Former CM Harish Rawat met CM Trivendra Singh Rawat and called for the relocation of these villages to safer locations.
In July 2020, a landslide had damaged six houses and agricultural fields in the village of Dhapa in Munsyari. Although no loss of life was reported, 52 out of 136 families were affected.

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