Amarnath flash floods: Authorities started work to conduct DCM to prevent casualties

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To prevent the casualties in the future, the authorities have started work to conduct Digital Contour Mapping (DCM) at the Amarnath shrine cave.

General Manager, Works, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), R K Bhat told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that the work on DCM is going on at present.

However, he said that the process could not take pace in wake of the ongoing pilgrimage and the inclement weather conditions. “We are expecting to pace up the work once the annual Amarnath yatra culminates,” he said.

He also said that some measures related to the mapping were already started last year, but after the directions of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, the DCM will now be conducted at the Amarnath cave as well as along the routes.

“The DCM is being conducted to prevent the casualties in the future,” he said, adding that it would take some time to conduct the mapping completely.

Pertinently, over a dozen people were killed while several others were injured after a cloudburst triggered flash floods near the cave shrine of Amarnath on 8 July 2022.

Days after the incident took place; LG Sinha had said that he has requested the Surveyor General of India to conduct a DCM of the Amarnath Cave and its adjoining areas. (KNO)

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