Will Joshimath sink into the ground?
The situation in Joshimath of Uttarakhand is getting worse every moment. Hundreds of people have been rescued from dangerous buildings so far. Till now cracks have been seen in more than 700 houses and there are reports of land subsidence. At the same time, hundreds of houses have been marked unsafe. Apart from this, more than 100 families have been shifted to safer places. Now the administration is preparing to demolish dangerous buildings like hotels and houses.
However, amid the preparations of the administration, due to land subsidence, cracks have started appearing in the houses built in Gandhinagar and Palika Marwari. According to officials, cracks have appeared in 134 houses in Gandhinagar and 35 in Palika Marwari. At the same time, 34 houses in Lower Bazar, 88 in Singhdhar, 112 in Manohar Bagh, 40 in Upper Bazar, 64 in Sunil village, 55 in Parasari and 161 in Ravigram have come under the unsafe zone. It is being said that till now cracks have appeared in 723 houses due to landslides in Joshimath.
In Joshimath, the administration is preparing to demolish dangerous buildings from Wednesday, but there is a big challenge before the administration. Actually, there is a shadow of rain for the next three days from today. If it rains in Joshimath then the trouble may increase further. This can make it more difficult for the local people. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see what strategy the administration makes to deal with the rains.
So far 131 families have been displaced from Joshimath. At the same time, the administration has announced compensation to the victims. Uttarakhand Chief Secretary SS Sandhu apprised the NCMC of the current situation and informed that residents of severely affected houses are being shifted to safer places. The statement said relief shelters have been identified at Joshimath and Pipalkoti to accommodate the affected families and the state government is providing suitable compensation and relief measures.
Meanwhile, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla told the committee that a high-level team of Home Ministry officials led by the Border Management Secretary is currently in Joshimath to assess the situation. Union Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt visited the affected areas of the city and met people. He said that in order to save the lives of the people, demolition measures are being taken in the public interest.
It is noteworthy that Joshimath was declared a landslide affected area on Monday. Along with this, an expert panel of the government is also doing research on the situation in Joshimath. The panel has found that the land beneath Joshimath is being displaced resulting in the sinking of Joshimath due to man-made and natural factors. Environmental expert Vimalendu Jha said that Joshimath is not the last witness of this tragedy as many cities and villages of the Himalayas will face similar disaster in the coming years.