After the glacier outburst in Uttarakhand environmental specialists have started studying several glaciers in J&K and according to the study of professor Shakil Ahmad Romshoo of Kashmir University the Thajiwas glacier in the Sonamarg area of Ganderbal district is receding rapidly and in the last 3 years, it has receded about 50 meters. Since Thajiwas Glacier doesn’t have any glacial lake so it doesn’t pose any threat but still it is a major concern.
The studies also revealed that in the last 10 years the other glaciers of J&K are receding due to climate change. The average amount by which the glaciers are receding is 17 meters per year.
Earlier the Bakarwal people living near the glacier expressed their anger as the Sonamarg Development Authorities banned the traffic movement on the Sonamarg-Thajiwas road because of which these people were facing problems to take ill people to the hospital during the night. At that time Sonamarg SHO said that the government has issued an ambulance and vehicle for such emergencies. Also, the JK High Court in 2017 prohibited all construction-related activities near the glacier area.
Despite such measures, the glaciers are still receding rapidly. Humans should try to reduce the usage of global warming causing products.