(Mohan Lal Relingpa) Recently Dhundi avalanche incident, near Rohtang Tunnel construction site in Solangnala, which took two lives of workers of Tunnel company has triggered a debate amongst the labour unions, civil population and company authorities, whether to continue work or not during winters when it is snow bound INTUC Tunnel incharge Jitender Thakur has strongly demanded to close construction work for two months when site is threatened by avalanches and other hazards of the nature. He added that to stop avalanches control systems and supporting structures like snow bridges, and snow fence should be raised so that no destructive avalanches occur even during extreme conditions. He also said that instructions of the SASE were also not complied with. Past records say that the snow-clad Himalayas and its glaciers become always active during snowfall. These glaciers have always disturbed normal life and caused heavy damages to properties and human lives. IN 1994, avalanches in and around Jawahar Tunnel of Banihal played havoc and took 98 lives and huge damage to properties. Thakur accused company not still giving compensation to those killed in avalanche accident.
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