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Tiger spotted in Kedarnath at 3,400m altitude
The sighting of the tiger at this unusual height indicated that the big cat was changing its habitat, said experts.
INDIA Updated: Jun 27, 2019 07:52 IST
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Suparna Roy
Hindustan Times, Dehradun


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The present spotting of tiger at 3,400m is likely to be the highest in the country. (Photo: Special arrangement)

A tiger was caught on camera in the Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 3400m (approximately 11,154 ft) above mean sea level, officials said on Wednesday.

The tiger was spotted on May 26 at 2:38 am in a valley that falls under the Kedarnath forest division.The sighting of the tiger at this unusual height indicated that the big cat was changing its habitat, said experts. “We had put camera traps in this area at a height of around 3500m and the tiger was spotted at a height of 3400m. Tiger are generally found in low altitude areas, and such a sighting clearly shows that tigers are changing their habitat,” said Amit Kanwar, divisional forest officer, Kedarnath.
In 2016,a tiger was spotted at 3274m (approximately 10,741 ft) in Askot in Uttarakhand. Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have also reported the presence of big cats at similar elevations. India is home to 2,226 tigers, according to the All India Tiger Estimation, 2015. The present spotting of tiger at 3400m is likely to be the highest in the country. Before this, a tiger was spotted at 3274 m in Askot landscape in March 2016, which was then said to be the highest in the country by a Wildlife Institute of India report.
VB Mathur, director of Dehradun based Wildlife Institute of India, had earlier said, “Tigers are generally found at an altitude of 4000 ft-6000 ft in India. But, since the last estimation was done (2014) both states (Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh) have reported the presence of tigers in high-altitude areas.”

First Published: Jun 27, 2019 07:33 IST


Tiger spotted in Kedarnath at 3,400m altitude
 

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केदारनाथ यात्रा में इस वर्ष पैदल चलकर धाम पहुंचने वाले श्रद्धालुओं ने भी नया रिकार्ड बनाया है। 24 जून तक 447748 श्रद्धालु 17 किमी की पैदल दूरी तय कर धाम पहुंच चुके हैं। जबकि बीते वर्ष 347504 श्रद्धालु ही पैदल धाम पहुंचे थे।

9 मई से शुरू हुई भगवान आशुतोष के 11वें ज्योतिर्लिंग केदारनाथ की यात्रा ने इस बार कई नए आयाम हासिल किए हैं। बीते 20 मई के बाद से यात्रा ने जो रफ्तार पकड़ी थी, वह जून के तीसरे सप्ताह तक बनी रही। केदारनाथ में बर्फीले रास्ते भी इसकी एक वजह है।

इस बात का अंदाजा इसी बात से लगाया जा सकता है कि यात्रा के 47 दिनों में बाबा के दर्शन करने वाले कुल 7 लाख 48 हजार 140 श्रद्धालुओं में 4 लाख 89 हजार 122 इस माह में पहुंचे हैं। जबकि 2017 में पूरे यात्राकाल में भी इतने श्रद्धालु केदारनाथ नहीं पहुंच पाए थे।

यहीं नहीं, बाबा के दर्शनों के लिए इस वर्ष पैदल यात्रा का दायरा भी बढ़ा है। आंकड़ों के अनुसार 9 मई से 24 जून तक 447748 श्रद्धालु गौरीकुंड से 17 किमी की पैदल दूरी तय कर धाम पहुंचे हैं। जबकि वर्ष 2018 में पूरे यात्राकाल सिर्फ 3 लाख 47 हजार 504 श्रद्धालु ही पैदल धाम पहुंचे थे।

आस्था के सैलाब से डेढ़ माह में केदारघाटी, पैदल मार्ग के पड़ावों और धाम में कारोबार को भी नई गति मिली। साथ ही घोड़ा-खच्चरों से भी 2 लाख 32 हजार श्रद्धालु भी बाबा के दर्शनों को पहुंचे, जिससे प्रशासन को साढ़े तीन करोड़ की आमदानी हो चुकी है। पालकी व कंडी संचालक भी बीते वर्ष से डेढ़ से दो गुना अधिक कमा चुके हैं। हेलीकॉप्टर से भी 16 मई से 23 जून तक 55241 श्रद्धालु धाम पहुंचे हैं।

संसाधन श्रद्धालु की संख्या
पालकी 7715
कंडी 5600
हेलीकॉप्टर 55241
घोड़े-खच्चर 232000
पैदल 447784
नोट: 24 जून तक के आंकड़े




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Kedarnath at risk again?
Satellite images show growing glacial lake; experts deny threat



Ribhu Mishra
Financial Express28 June 2019

Kedarnath Temple was unharmed miraculously in the 2013 mishap


Kedarnath Temple was unharmed miraculously in the 2013 mishap

North India is on the brink of monsoon’s arrival and it will soon lash the Gangetic plains and high valleys of the Himalayas Valleys and then retreat. During this phase, the river valleys of the Himalayan region generally floods with water as the whole area receives very high rainfall and sometimes the situations turn disastrous. One similar disaster in 2013 left Kedarnath valley in Uttarakhand in ruins.
The rumor of Chorabari Lake’s revival got a new twist when a few satellite images of big glacial lakes around the glacier were released. This backed the speculations of the NDRF and doctor’s team who claimed the revival of Chorabari Lake. Earlier, in the monsoon months of 2013, the aforementioned lake’s banks were broken and it merged with the river Mandakini swelling its water to unprecedented levels leading to the erosion of its bank. There was heavy rainfall in the area and cloudburst as well which resulted in the mishap known as ‘Himalayan Tsunami’ that caused loss of more than 10,000 lives and leftover 15,000 people injured or stranded.
The satellite images released in a report of India Today, are a sign that the authorities should not ignore the possibility of the second mishap of similar fashion and remain on alert. In the satellite images of June 26, 2019, which were taken by the Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2B satellites, the presence of an increasing number of water bodies can be seen over time. Earlier these bodies were not present due to the sub-zero temperatures. The experts believe that the increase in water bodies at this height and sub-zero temperature zones is a result of global warming and might be dangerous in terms of flash floods.

Earlier, Financial Express Online in an article mentioned the probability of revival of such a lake. The report suggested that a glacial lake 5 km above Kedarnath valley has formed and is being speculated as a threat and demanded corrective measures by the authorities.

However, according to a PTI report a scientist of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology has said that it is a seasonal lake around 4.5 kilometers above the Kedarnath temple and possesses no threat to the temple-town. The institute had sent a four-member team to the spot for a first-hand assessment of the situation after they got the information said the director Kalachand Sain. The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Science Technology.

Though, experts believe that such formation of the glacial lake is a considerable threat in that part of Kedar valley and for people in the lower valleys as we cannot predict nature. The best we can do is analyze and be at alert to tackle such mishaps and any reoccurring situations like the Himalayan Tsunami.

Formation of such water bodies came to limelight when there were reports by doctors working in health camps in Kedarnath valley. The team of doctors along with local authority and a team of NDRF went above the Kedarnath valley and claimed to have found a lake above the temple site located 5 kilometers away and called it Chorabari. The claims that they made were of a new lake that is forming in the other part of Chorabari glacier and its size is growing day by day.



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Uttarakhand may be staring at another disaster
To cater to the booming tourism economy, the government is giving way to unregulated infrastructure construction, environmental degradation and have no policy for proper land use

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By Neha Yadav
Last Updated: Wednesday 26 June 2019

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Kedarnath temple with destroyed houses during 2013 floods. Photo: Getty Images
Kedarnath temple with destroyed houses during 2013 floods. Photo: Getty Images

On June 7, Suraj left Delhi for Char Dham Yatra — the four holy shrines Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri — in Uttarakhand. He decided to start his pilgrimage from Gangotri then continue to Yamunotri and from there take another route to Kedarnath and Badrinath.
While on his journey to Kedarnath, he reached Sitapur in the afternoon and had to stay there overnight — the reason being the local authority prohibited entry of tourists in Gaurikund, the base camp for trek to Kedarnath Temple, as hotels were filled up.
The next morning he looked for helicopter services from Sitapur-Kedarnath but realised the service operators are charging 4-5 times more than the mentioned rates. He got his biometric registration done from a local office and proceeded to GauriKund to start his trek to Kedarnath temple.
Post the 2013 floods, the state government began the registration process as thousands of dead bodies remained unidentified in the absence of record. He appreciated the step taken by the state government, but later realised that there are no checkpoints to monitor and restrict the entry of unregistered people on the trek.
He followed the path with local travellers, of which a few were witness to the calamity that happened on the fateful days of June 16-17 six years ago. The horrifying incident was still afresh in their memories; the usually calm Mandakini emanated crashing down from the mountains and destroyed everything in its path.
In June 2013, Kedarnath valley witnessed the most disastrous floods in the history of India. It caused massive loss of lives, habitat and livelihood and severe destruction to infrastructure and communication.
The tourism and hospitality sector, which adds close to 30-35 per cent of Uttarakhand's GDP, plummeted. For a state economy that is majorly dependent on subsistence agriculture and small and marginal service sector under tourism, the disaster had a significant adverse impact on crop production and other livelihood opportunities. Food crises occurred as a consequence of the breakdown of the transportation and marketing systems.
Uttarakhand is home to a few of the most significant Hindu pilgrimage sites in India known as the Char Dham. The Kedarnath is located at the height of 3,583 m above the sea-level near Chorabari glacier in the western Garhwal Himalaya.
MP Thapliyal, chairman of Kedarnath-Badrinath Temple Committee, asserts: “The temple area has the capacity to accommodate less than 5,000 people, but the Kedarnath shrine is receiving footfalls of 20,000-25,000 pilgrims almost every day.”
Predisposal to natural calamities
Uttarakhand is a mountainous state; hilly terrain comprises around 90 per cent of its aggregate geographical region. The state has attained its place among the first five states in reverence of natural hazards. It has an exceptionally fragile landscape that by origin is susceptible to natural calamities.
The State is predisposed to earthquakes, landslides, flash-floods, cloudbursts, avalanches, as well as droughts. According to the state records, there have been 20 landslides in the State over the 11 years from 2001 to 2012, and seven incidents of cloudbursts between 2002 and 2010.
More than a few lakhs are at risk of exposure to increasing frequency and intensity of natural hazards; this is due to various drivers, including climate change and environmental degradation. Uttarakhand’s exceptional geography and topography make it particularly vulnerable to climate-induced natural disasters.
The worst consequences on infrastructure and population arguably in the last 100 years were witnessed during the floods of 2013 in the Mandakini, Alaknanda, and Bhagirathi Valleys, which claimed around 6,000 lives and thousands missing.
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Hectares of cultivated land were either submerged or washed away; the standing agriculture crop (paddy) was destroyed and adversely affected the horticulture land and production. It lead to a substantial economic loss for the state as the post-disaster reconstruction cost has been estimated at Rs 3,964 crore.
Disaster risk is a function of the interplay between three key elements: hazard, exposure and vulnerability. The vulnerability of the mountain region is regularly reflected in the form of extreme climatic events in Uttarakhand.
In the previous few years, especially in 2010, 2012 and 2013, the state has seen an increase in natural disasters induced by extreme climatic events.
A number of development factors have additionally exacerbated disaster risk and vulnerability in the region, the report on the Uttarakhand Disaster in 2013 released by the Ministry of Home Affairs highlights factors such as deforestation, building of roads and tunnels through mountains, construction of hydropower facilities, tourism-related construction in floodplains and hillslopes, as well as sand mining on river beds.
As the state government preferred to ignore the findings and recommendations given by the various field experts, the buildings are again standing tall near the Kedarnath shrine complex.
Unregulated construction a concern
In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked to develop Kedarnath into a “smart pilgrimage centre”, it resulted in an infrastructure upgrade — the construction of new roads and broadening of the existing one.
The construction of Char Dham circuit is in full swing; it was anticipated that it would facilitate easy access to the four wheelers and reduce traffic jams by offering broad road connectivity to the high altitude shrines, hence an increase in the influx of tourists.
A temporary road has been constructed on the river Mandakini by pouring the mud and restricting the river flow towards one side. This alternate route is currently available for commuting towards Kedarnath, rainfall or sudden cloud burst in the region can turn out to be destructive if the river breaks the mud boundary.
Despite knowing the fact that all the hill districts of the Uttarakhand fall in a zone that is highly seismic and landslide-prone, the cutting of mountains for the construction of roads is happening at a faster rate. According to the experts, the Char Dham project is being carried out without assessing the impact and the carrying capacity of the region.
Hemant Dhyani, an environmentalist who is a part of a campaign — Ganga Avahan — said according to estimates about 19 million tonnes of waste will be generated between Rishikesh and Srinagar (in Uttarakhand) and cutting down of thousands of trees.
Keeping in mind the soil erosion and the fact that monsoon will begin soon; this muck is bound to reach the rivers.
For Kedarnathyatra, the state government made a provision for registration, but this remains relevant for pilgrims taking pony or helicopter services. In the absence of checkpoints, many tourists going by foot wilfully missed the registration process. Therefore, the local authorities remain misinformed about the actual numbers who climbed to the Kedarnath.
In August 2018 the High Court of Uttarakhand had instructed the state government to limit the number of tourists to 200 per day visiting alpine meadows or sub-alpine meadows or bugyals and directed to remove all the permanent structures within three months from these areas. The Uttarakhand government decided to challenge the above mentioned high court order considering it a big blow to the tourism industry.
Recently, the serpentine ques of the traffic-jammed four-wheelers on the route of Haridwar, Dehradun, and Mussoorie made the news. The ever-increasing statistics of tourists visiting the state is putting pressure on the mountain ecosystem. It is estimated that 25 lakh tourists are likely to visit this year.
To cater to the need of growing tourism economy government is giving way to the unregulated infrastructure construction, environmental degradation and have no policy for proper land use. It seems the governments are not ready to learn from past mistakes. There is no wrong in saying it is an invitation to another disaster to happen.






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Satinderji,
We are going to Darshan for Kedarnathji. Like to spend a night at Nandi Complex (Bunk Bedded) Kedarnath. Please tell me how far it is from the main temple ? As no accommodation are available at Swargarohini Camp.
Thnaks.
 

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Satinderji,
We are going to Darshan for Kedarnathji. Like to spend a night at Nandi Complex (Bunk Bedded) Kedarnath. Please tell me how far it is from the main temple ? As no accommodation are available at Swargarohini Camp.
Thnaks.
GMVN Cottages are 2 or 2.5 km before the main temple.
I stayed there only.
It was Good experience but to reach temple you have to get ready earlier.
It may be difficult to walk at this height.
Other private or Dharamshala or tent accomodation can be booked only on arrival.
If you have their numbers only then you can try.
Otherwise this is not the season and you can get room easily.
To be safe you can book GMVN huts / bed awse.
It is lonely and peaceful area.
 
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केदारनाथ में क्रैश हुुआ हेलीकॉप्टर, बाल-बाल बचे तीर्थयात्री, तस्वीरों में देखें...
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