The monsoon in June 2013 , unprecedented rainfall resulted in a sudden increase in water levels, giving rise to flash floods in the Mandakini, Alakananda, Bhagirathi and other river basins, also causing extensive landslides at various locations. Over 900,000 people have been affected by the event in Uttarakhand. The districts of Bageshwar, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi were most affected. A total of 4,200 villages were affected; about 3,320 houses were fully damaged; about 995 public buildings were damaged. At many locations entire settlements have been washed away while many buildings were partially damaged and are now unsafe for habitation and may require total rebuilding. There are challenges in finding suitable lands for reconstruction of houses for which has been lost due to widening valleys, erosion of slopes or due to generated landslides.
The Government of Uttarakhand assisted by the World Bank has developed the Uttarakhand Disaster Recovery Project .The Project design has incorporated lessons learned from previous national and global post-disaster recovery projects to ensure that the recovery is targeted, effective and is built back “smarter” in order to build resilience of local communities to future disasters. The design considerations behind this approach include increased resilient housing. The project would support reconstruction of 2499 Owner Driven Construction of Houses (ODCH). The project will be implemented by the Project Management Unit (PMU) in Dehradun through the offices of the respective District Magistrates (DMs).
- One New Building project (60 Seater Hostel Building at Agastmuni) has been started at ground during this Quarter
- Contract awarded for 5 buildings under 3 packages (worth Rs. 21.37 Cr.)
- Bidding process completed for 5 building under 2 packages. (worth Rs. 5.54.Cr.)