This village situated close to the China border can be recorded in the pages of history at any time, know the reason…

The river and glacier have swallowed up 80 per cent of the land in Tidang village.  Now only a few houses are left in which hundreds of lives come to live for six months of the year.

The river and glacier have swallowed up 80 per cent of the land in Tidang village. Now only a few houses are left in which hundreds of lives come to live for six months of the year.

The village which was once 80 feet higher than the river and drain, today the Dhauli river has reached its equal. The Dhauli river is cutting Tidang village from below. So the glacier is taking it in its grip from the right and left sides. Every year the village is brought closer to the river by the heavy debris that flows along the river and glacier.

Pithoragarh. Tidang village of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, situated close to the China border, can be recorded in the pages of history at any time. In this village known for migration, clouds of death hang over more than a hundred families all the time. Many promised to save the village, but they have nothing to do with reality even far and wide.

Situated in the Darma Valley at an altitude of twelve thousand feet, Tidang village is full of nature’s beauty. River, glacier, green trees add to its beauty. But this natural beauty has become the biggest enemy of this village. The situation is that the village which used to be 80 feet higher than the river and drain, today the Dhauli river has reached equal to it. The Dhauli river is cutting Tidang village from below. So the glacier is taking it in its grip from the right and left sides. Every year the heavy debris that flows along the river and glacier has brought the village closer to the river. Ramesh Tityal, the former head of Tidang, says that he has appealed to the leaders and officials many times to save the village. But every time only assurance has come.

Residents of Tidang say that Union Minister Santosh Gangwar has also assured to save the village. But even after years passed, nothing happened. The identity of this village is also because it was from here that Dr. Jeevan Singh Tityal had made his mark on the national panel as an eye surgeon. Dr. Jeevan Singh Tityal has been awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Even after being associated with such a big personality, Tidang village is getting reduced year after year in the water of nature. Local affairs expert Shalu Datal says that Tidang village is being cut from three sides. If this continues, it is certain that the existence of the village will end soon.

The river and glacier have swallowed up 80 per cent of the land in Tidang village. Now only a few houses are left in which hundreds of lives come to live for six months of the year. Governments spend crores of rupees every year in the name of disaster management, but it seems that Tidang village is already missing from the government’s map. This story is not only of Tidang, but the situation in many villages along the China border is such for which the rain is not less than death.




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