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Sink Joshimath, Uttarakhand, Subsidence: Rescue Joshimath: Demolition Begins Today



The ‘sunken’ town has been declared a disaster-prone area

Joshimath/New Delhi:
Buildings that have developed cracks and are badly damaged in Uttarakhand’s Joshimath will be demolished from today to protect adjacent buildings, officials said.

Here are the top 10 updates on Uttarakhand’s Joshimath

  1. Joshimath has been divided into three zones, ‘Dangerous’, ‘Buffer Zone’ and ‘Completely Safe’, based on the degree of danger from land subsidence or subsidence or subsidence of the land surface.

  2. Officials said a total of 678 buildings in ‘Sinking Joshimath’ had cracks. The most damaged ones will be demolished.

  3. Besides some homes in the danger zone, two hotels – Mount View and Malari Inn – that are leaning towards each other will also collapse.

  4. The ‘sink’ town has been declared a disaster-prone area and construction activities have been banned in Joshimath and surrounding areas. “It looks like 30% of Joshimath is affected. A report is being compiled by a committee of experts and it will be submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office,” an official said.

  5. About 4,000 people have been moved to safer areas. “The basic facilities in the relief camps set up for the affected people in Joshimath are being constantly checked by the authorities and any possible help is being offered to the affected people,” the judge said. Chamoli district Himanshu Khurana said .

  6. The demolition of the damaged houses was recommended by a panel of experts tasked with assessing the settlement of the ground in Joshimath. Experts blame unplanned infrastructure development, including hydroelectric projects, for the alarming situation.

  7. Demolition will be carried out under the supervision of a team from the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), while the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been called in to assist them.

  8. Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has called on everyone to work as a team and save the town. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also assured full support to the state government.

  9. Residents said they wrote to the minister three times last month, warning him about the impact of explosions in the tunnel of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) project. NTPC has denied any connection between its project and the situation in Joshimath.

  10. Joshimath is known as the “winter seat” of Lord Badrinath, whose idol is brought down from the main Badrinath temple down to the Vasudeva temple in town every winter. It is also the gateway to the holy Sikh temple Hemkund Sahib.

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