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Tackling landslides scientifically
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 6 May. 2009 12:42 AM IST
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With an initiative to develop strategies to tackle the problem of landslide especially in North Eastern states of India, the Department of Geology, Nagaland University on Tuesday organized a brainstorming session on landslide of North East India, sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, government of India. Highlighting on landslide hazards mitigation in Nagaland-strategy and policy, K. Arhomo Lotha from the directorate of Geology and Mining, Dimapur, said a combined scientific approach involving all interrelated multi-disciplines integrated into a comprehensive action plan and policy is essential to control landslide hazard in Nagaland. Problem has to be tackled from grass root level by mobilization of mass participation and financial resources of the government, he said. K.A. Lotha further stated that Nagaland is a landslide prone area with as much as 88% of the total area falling under potential or susceptible of shot to long term stability problems. He pointed out the damage of landslide to environment, property, eco-system, communication etc in Nagaland, and asserted that preventive, stabilization and control measures of landslide should be economical, easy and eco-friendly. K.A. Lotha also advocated on the need to set up a statutory and regulatory state landslide control body to be constituted at par with other existing boards for overall mitigation, formulation and supervision of landslide related works. Also speaking at the gathering, Professor T.N. Singh from IIT Mumbai, stated that humans should analyze the magnitude of damage and think of minimum level of damage to the environment. He said that humans had destroyed the environment, and that it was their duty to recreate. Rejuvenate and reaccelerate it. Presentations relating to landslides in various regions of the North East were presented by Dr. Trilochan Singh, DCS Ltd, New Delhi, Prof T.N. Singh, IIT Bombay, Dr. S. Ibotombi, MU Imphal, Dr. A. Kar, CGWB Itanagar, Dr. P.P. Nageswara Rao, Director, NESAC Shillong. The session was attended by planners, geoscientists, professors, disaster managers, research scholars etc from various states.

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