Joshimath Land Subsidence: The process of land subsidence continues in the mythological city of Joshimath situated near the India-China border in Uttarakhand. A temple got destroyed due to land subsidence here on Saturday. Cracks have appeared in more than 600 houses of Joshimath. There is an atmosphere of panic among the people due to cracks in the houses and collapse of the temple. Here the administration has started the work of shifting people from Joshimath. The Disaster Management Department has sent 50 families of Joshimath to night shelters and shelter houses. In the high-level meeting on the problem of land subsidence in Joshimath, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had directed to set up a temporary rehabilitation centre. Along with this, he had instructed to vacate the danger zone as soon as possible.
Joshimath is the main gate of Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham.
Joshimath also has mythological significance. This city is considered to be the main gate of Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham. Badrinath is 45 kms from here and Kedarnath Dham is 50 kms away. Landslide in Joshimath has now become huge. Many houses here have reached the verge of collapse. Whereas, many have also broken down. Today a temple has also collapsed. The good thing is that there was no loss of life in it. Terrified and scared, many people have left their homes.
Reason for land subsidence in Joshimath
According to experts, the following are the 4 main reasons for land subsidence in Joshmanth.
1. NTPC’s tunnel of Tapovan Vishnugarh project has hollowed out the ground.
2. Digging for the bypass road is shaking the whole city from below.
3. Due to the flood in Dhauliganga in 2021, erosion in the banks of Alaknanda has increased the problem.
4. Due to lack of drainage system, lakhs of liters of water is being absorbed inside the ground every day.
After meeting with the officials, the CM got to know the situation
Today all the cracked wards were inspected by the administration. Along with this, the team formed by the state BJP inspected the affected areas. Here, the government is also worried about the cracks in Joshimath. Therefore, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami held a high-level meeting at the Secretariat today to review the current situation in Joshimath. In the meeting, CM Dhami took information about Joshimath from Secretary, Disaster Management, Commissioner Garhwal Mandal and District Magistrate.
50 SDRF personnel deployed in Joshimath
SDRF IG Riddhim Agarwal said that Joshimath SDRF has also been deployed. About 50 SDRF personnel are deployed in Joshimath as the first team. Along with this, the surrounding four posts of SDRF have been asked to remain alert. Within an hour, all the jawans will get involved in relief and rescue work. In Joshimath, about 150 SDRF personnel have been kept on alert mode to deal with any situation.
Prohibition on all types of construction works
In view of the landslide in Joshimath, the Chamoli land district administration has stopped NTPC’s project, Helang Marwari Bypass and all other construction works going on in Joshimath till further orders. Whereas, Garhwal Divisional Commissioner Sushil Kumar, Disaster Management Secretary Ranjit Kumar Sinha and team of expert scientists are surveying the rift affected areas.
Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami will reach Joshimath today
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami will visit Joshimath on Saturday to take stock of the situation in Joshimath. Where he will do ground inspection of the conditions of Joshimath. At the same time, former Chief Minister Harish Rawat will also visit Joshimath to take stock of the situation. A day before, he had given necessary instructions after holding a high-level meeting with the officials.