Tunneling in fragile Himalayas fraught with risks, say experts
The collapse of a tunnel in Uttarakhand has raised concerns about the impact of extensive construction in a state prone to landslides. An expert panel appointed by the Supreme Court warned about these issues during a survey a few years ago, calling for a reconsideration of ongoing tunnel projects in the Himalayan states. Scientists suggest that the collapse may be due to inadequate geological understanding or non-compliance with regulations. While there is hope for the rescue of trapped workers, there is a need for a meticulous geological survey before tunnel construction in the region.
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