Uttarakhand govt allocates Rs 12 lakhs to Himalayan Geology Institute of Wadia

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat allocated a Rs 12 lakh budget to the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) to track the Gangotri glacier in the area of Gomukh. In its previous orders, the Uttarakhand High Court had maintained that monitoring of the Gangotri Glacier was necessary, particularly in the winter season.

Santosh Kumar Rai, the senior scientist at the Department of Glaciology and Hydrogeology at WIHG, said that during the winter season, the state government asked WIHG to track the Gangotri glacier. Subsequently, the organisation demanded to have the same for separate financing. The WIHG will set up a base station in the Gangotri glacier area as soon as funds are obtained, and an individual will be deployed there for real-time glacier monitoring. The base will also have a remote sensing station to warn the authorities if any changes are made in the area.