Increasing artificial lake worries tribals in Pin valley of Lahaul Spiti Administration says “no cause of worry”

Shimla/June 18

A small artificial lake formed by obstruction of Pin river in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district at an altitude of 11,000 ft few days back is worrying tribals and stranded tourists with it increasing  “size and depth” every day.

According to sources the area of the lake had increased to about 3.5 square kilometres and the depth was 20 feet to 50 feet . If the lake bursts it can cause the flood in the area with lower elevation.

The local administration is however of the opinion that there was no cause of worry as the size of the lake was not too big and arrangements to evacuate people and provide them food and other essential commodities were in place.

The lake was formed near Shangni in Pin valley in Tribal Spiti area and it appeared that the flow of water had increased due to melting of snow and glaciers in the higher reaches.

The huge quantity of debris and mud carried by water along the narrow river had already flooded and damaged 4 Km long road and the area where the lake had been formed was inaccessible by road.

The additional deputy commissioner Kaza, Hemish Negi said that the choppers also took essential commodities for the stranded people and there was cause for alarm.

“We have warned all the persons of 17 villages of two panchayats about the danger as extra safety measure, but there is least scope of flood due to bursting of lake as the wall of mud is very thick,” he added.

He said that in all a dozen persons including eight foreign tourists were struck up in the area and most of them have been evacuated.

A government spokesman said here on Monday that government would ensure essential commodities including LPG and kerosene in the affected area on priority. He informed that medics had also been sent and a district administration has sent a team of officers to the affected area to take stock of the situation.

He said that a ropeway would soon be constructed to facilitate the people of the area and efforts were afoot to restore electricity.