EoIs for ports: Experts sound Joshimath alarm for Great Nicobar Island

Both Joshimath and the Great Nicobar come under the high-risk seismic zone V category

Nitin KumarDhruvaksh Saha New Delhi
Andaman and Nicobar

Experts believe any development could not only lead to reversing the impact of India’s efforts towards adaptation to climate change, but will also make the islands more vulnerable to Joshimath-like disasters.

Even as hundreds of people have been evacuated from Joshimath, a Himalayan town slowly sinking, questions have been raised on years of unchecked construction, hydropower projects, and the lack of a proper drainage system. Local anger has been directed at a government-owned power company, whose ongoing hydropower project, they allege, is tunnelling through the fragile ecosystem.
While some experts believe the situation is still salvageable, there is another Joshimath-like crisis waiting to happen.
As part of the ‘holistic development’ of the Great Nicobar Island, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is working towards the development of a mega International Container Transhipment Port at Galathea Bay of Great Nicobar Island of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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First Published: Jan 29 2023 | 11:59 PM IST

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