Preparations begin to demolish 2 hotels amid protests. 10 updates

Joshimath Crisis: Authorities have begun preparations for the demolition of two precariously standing hotels in Joshimath, which have suffered subsidence. The Malari Inn and Mount View hotels lean dangerously toward each other, posing a threat to human settlements around the structures. The authorities have faced objections from their owners and locals over the issue of compensation.

The Uttarakhand government directed the leveling of unstable structures on Monday, starting with these two buildings.

Josimath was declared an area of ​​land subsidence after large cracks appeared in houses, roads and ground. The holy town It is the gateway to famous pilgrimage sites, such as Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib.

Also read: Not only Joshimath, tourist attractions in Uttarakhand are also at risk of sinking

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State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel, along with the JCB and other workers, arrived at the site and the announcement was made over loud loudspeakers, asking everyone to keep their distance from two guests. hotel. The area has been cordoned off and power lines have been cut.

However, when the authorities were about to demolish the Malari Inn in the evening, its owner Thakur Singh lay down on the street in front of the hotel in protest. The hotel owners said they learned of the state government’s decision through the press and asked for a one-time settlement of the compensation amount.

A large number of locals also protested, arguing that there was no clarity on how those with demolished properties would be compensated.

Mount View owner Lalmani Semwal expressed a similar view. “It’s like killing a child who has been raised by years of hard work in front of its parents,” he said. “We put all our resources into building this hotel. We pay taxes regularly to the government. What it said back then, but now suddenly making such drastic decisions. Is it a violation of human rights? rights??

A total of 131 families have been moved to temporary relief centers, of which 37 were evacuated on Tuesday, while the number of damaged homes in the town reached 723, according to a news release. issued by the Disaster Management Authority. There are 86 homes in the designated unsafe zone. The district government has put a red cross on the houses in the sunken town that are not safe to live in.

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) reviewed the situation in Joshimath on Tuesday and stressed that the immediate priority is to ensure the complete and safe evacuation of all residents in the affected area.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday listed for hearing on January 16 a plea for court intervention to declare the crisis in Joshimath a national disaster. Denying an expedited hearing, the court said there were “democratic elected institutions” to deal with the situation and that all significant issues should not go there.

Activists and locals have claimed that the National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric project, built just 12 kilometers from Joshimath, was the cause of the disaster. On January 5, the NTPC released a statement that “the tunnel built by the NTPC does not pass through the city of Joshimath.” “The construction was done using tunnel boring machines.” statement added. The official statement further informed that no blasting was carried out to build the tunnel.

Yoga master Ramdev sent two trucks carrying relief materials, including more than 2,000 blankets, food and everyday items, to Joshimath.

Uttarakhand Board Chairman Waqf Shadab Shams held a chadar ceremony at Piran Kaliyar Sharif, praying for the well-being of the people of Joshimath and the safety of the town.

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