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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

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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.

Nitin KumarDhruvaksh Saha New Delhi
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

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

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