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Landslide mitigation centre coming up in Manipur University

Manipur University signed a MoU with NF Railway to establish a centre of excellence for landslide hazards mitigation on Thursday.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 21 Jan 2023, 12:39 am

(PHOTO: IFP)
(PHOTO: IFP)

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Manipur University and Northeast Frontier Railway, Maligaon, Guwahati on Thursday for the establishment of Centre of Excellence for Landslide Hazards Mitigation at the university.

The Centre for Excellence is to suggest remedial measures for stability of the slopes along the railway line from Jiribam to Imphal and adjacent hill slopes in Manipur.

It stated that the university has provided the space and building for the center with experienced and expertise faculties for suggesting the suitable slope stability control measures as well as attempt to develop an early warning system for landslide hazards as per the requirement of railway traffic on the Jiribam Imphal alignment. The necessary funding will be provided by Northeast Frontier Railway, Guwahati.

The MoU ceremony was attended by MU Vice-Chancellor, N Lokendra Singh and general manager of NF Railway, Anshul Gupta; CAO NF Railway, Kailash Agrawal.

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It may be mentioned that on June 30, 2022, at around 11.30 pm, a massive landslide occurred at Marangching Part-V of Noney district of Manipur, claiming over 50 lives. The particular landslide occurred across the excavation of earth for the construction of the Railway Line taken up by the North East Frontier Railway since 2013, covering a distance of 111 km from Jiribam to Imphal.

After the landslide, a survey conducted by team of academician from Manipur University, Geo-consult India and official of directorate of Environment and Climate Change had recommended to carry out reassessment of Slope stability (Factor of safety) Analysis for open cuts and yards of the Jiribam Tupul Railway Line.

To prevent such eventuality in future, the team made some recommendations based on their studies. Some of the recommendations are to carry out reassessment of Slope stability (Factor of safety) Analysis for open cuts and yards of the Jiribam Tupul Railway Line. Regular Drone survey and monitoring to detect the mass movement along the open cuts and yards as well as beyond railway land boundary before and after monsoon season. Installation of automatic weather stations for monitoring of weather data at major Railway Station sites from Jiribam to Tupul (precipitation and soil moisture) and installation of slope failure monitoring with web enabled equipment (Borehole extensometers, optical targets, tilt meters, piezometer, crack meter, soil moisture meter at a depth of 5-10 meters) at open cuts and yards.

The report further recommended that geology of the area cannot be changed, however, the innovation of new and emerging technologies and ideas will mitigate these disastrous situations. People who are working in the relevant fields and familiar with the terrain and geological conditions of the area should be engaged at the time implementing the above-mentioned recommendations.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Education RK Ranjan Singh also submitted a survey report titled as “Tupul (Makhuam) Landslide (Noney) district, Manipur triggered on June 29-30, 2022 to Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Union Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw.

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