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Rescue over, it’s time for Uttarakhand rehab
- Team Bachendri waits for better weather

Tata Relief Committee, which carried out extensive rescue operations in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand earlier this month, is now planning to float a long-term rehab plan for displaced villagers.

Senior executives of Tata Steel, including vice-president (corporate services) Sunil Bhaskaran, TRC secretary Rajiv Kumar and Tata Steel Adventure programmes chief Bachendri Pal met Uttarakhand government officials in Dehradun last week to discuss how to go about the plan in the villages of Uttarkashi district.

Veteran climber Pal, who led the nine-member TRC team in its relief operations, met Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna last week at a gathering of NGOs. Bahuguna asked Pal about relief operations carried out by her team and her future plans for helping out displaced villagers.

“Rehabilitation in the affected villages will start after monsoon. It is not possible now because road and bridges have been washed away. Depending on weather, we expect to start work sometime in October or early November,” said Pal. The Everester added permission of the Uttarkhand government would be required. “We’ve had initial talks with the government of Uttarakhand. We also met a senior functionary of the disaster management cell in Dehradun,” Pal said.

As of now, the team has identified eight villages in Uttarkashi— Pimpla, Jarau, Didsari, Athali, Dasra, Shabya, Saura and Sati.