Monday, January 30, 2023

Joshimath Sinking: 561 establishments reported cracks, 38 families displaced


Chamoli (Uttarakhand): A total of 561 establishments, in Joshimath, reported cracks that emerged after land subsidence, with the most –153 establishments — reporting cracks in Ravigram ward in Uttarakhand, the Chamoli administration said in a bulletin on Thursday.

Out of 561 establishments, 127 in the Gandhinagar ward, 28 in the Marwadi ward, 24 in the Lower Bazaar ward, 52 in the Singhdhar ward, 71 in the Manohar Bagh ward, 29 in the Upper Bazaar ward 27 in the Sunil ward, 50 in Parsari, and 153 in Ravigram reported cracks,” the statement read.

The operations of Hotel View and Malari inn have been restricted under Disaster Management Act, 2005, till further orders, the statement added.

In the last 24 hours, a total of nine families have been displaced, which includes four families in Joshimath Municipal Corporation, one from Gurudwara Joshimath, one from Tourist Hostel, Manohar Bagh and others, the statement read.

A total of 38 families have been displaced till now, it added.

Earlier in the day, in the wake of the news of land subsidence in Joshimath and cracks developing in many houses in the town, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said necessary actions would be taken to ensure the safety of the people.

Dhami said he would be visiting Joshimath soon to take stock of the situation and initiate necessary action.

“I will be visiting Joshimath in a few days and initiate steps to handle the situation. All the reports will be monitored and all the required steps will be taken. I have had a word with the Municipal Corporation chairman Shailendra Pawar to monitor the condition in the district,” said CM Pushkar Singh Dhami.

People on Thursday blocked Badrinath highway in Joshimath as several houses developed deep cracks. Cracks have reportedly developed in as many as 561 houses in Joshimath as a result of continued land subsidence in the town. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said the situation in Joshimath is being closely monitored and he will himself visit the place to assess the situation.

(With inputs from ANI)

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