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Joshimath: Danger zone will be vacated immediately, temporary rehabilitation center will be built

Updated: January 7, 2023 3:09 pm

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has given instructions to immediately vacate the buildings built in the danger zone due to Joshimath landslide. He assured the affected people that the government stands with them and all will be shifted from vulnerable places in a phased manner.

The Chief Minister was reviewing the situation arising out of landslides in Joshimath at the State Secretariat. Dhami also interacted with the members of the expert team that went to Joshimath through video conferencing in the meeting. The Chief Minister directed the officials to set up a large temporary rehabilitation center at a safe place.

He said that along with the immediate action plan, works like treatment, sewer and drainage of danger zones should be completed as soon as possible, ending the long process in long-term works. He said, simplification and quick action should be our biggest mantra in this regard.

He further said our plan of action on the Joshimath issue should be finalized as soon as possible. For us, the lives of citizens are most valuable. After receiving detailed reports from the Secretary, Disaster Management, Commissioner, Garhwal Mandal and District Magistrate, the Chief Minister directed that all facilities for medical treatment should be available. There should also be preparations for air lift, if necessary. The Chief Minister said that it should be kept in mind that the livelihood of the affected should not be affected at such a time. Whatever help can be given to the people from the calamity hit area, it should be done immediately.

It is noteworthy that the situation in Joshimath city, important from a religious and strategic point of view, has become more critical today. Landslides  have been going on in Joshimath since the 1970s. The situation is getting worse. Forests have been cut down. During various construction works, there have been explosions for mountain cutting. There is a need to take long-term steps along with getting to the bottom of the reasons. Along with this, we all also have to understand our responsibility.
Even two-three decades ago, the incident of landslide had come to the fore in Anmath village of Joshimath. Nature kept on warning us, but we always ignored this warning. Assessment and scientific study of the impact of aggressive construction on the mountain environment is very important.

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