Joshimath had been identified as a disaster-prone location. Two teams from the Central government, including a team from the Jal Shakti Ministry, will be arriving there.
The holy town of Joshimath in Uttarakhand has been deemed a “disaster-prone” location even though more buildings have developed significant fractures. Photos and videos taken at the scene depicted the community in its most precarious condition, with many residents about to lose the homes they constructed and the hopes they had. Two teams from the national government are currently in Joshimath to assess the situation, according to Chamoli District Magistrate Himanshu Khurana.
Post assessment, a disaster-prone status has been assigned to the Joshimath region. Two teams from the federal government reportedly checked the location, including one from the Jal Shakti ministry. In Joshimath and the surrounding areas, construction work has been prohibited. The CM of Chamoli claimed that dry ration packages were being given out to the affected residents.
Construction on the NTPC’s Tapovan Vishnugad Hydroelectric Project has been halted with immediate effect and will remain so until further orders. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has also been ordered to stop construction on the Ho Hare Helang bypass immediately, pending further instructions.
What the CM’s secretary stated
R Meenakshi Sundaram, the chief minister’s secretary, stated that a survey is being carried out by the government to determine the risk and buffer zones.
“The danger zone has been defined as the area that is completely dangerous and must be evacuated right away. A safe area that could become endangered in the future is known as a buffer zone. Third is the zone that is 100 percent safe.For the danger and buffer zone, a survey is now being conducted”, he said. According to the representative, the administration is also compiling information on the local specialists
“We are compiling information on the number of affected families, including how many are residential and commercial. In addition, we are gathering information on the families’ occupations. On the basis of this, a decision regarding their relocation may be made. I’m looking at the potential locations,” Sundaram stated. He declared that the most damaged buildings would be torn down.
Chief minister urges residents to cooperate
The chief minister claimed that Prime Minister Modi was aware of the circumstances in Joshimath and receiving daily information. CM Dhami claimed he had requested a group effort at this critical time after Joshimath’s nine municipal wards were identified as a “sinking zone”.
“Everyone has been urged to cooperate in order to safeguard Joshimath. Residents of 68 homes that were thought to be in danger of collapsing were relocated. Efforts are being made to relocate the 600-house region’s population. The area has been designated a risk zone. The CM told ANI that right now, everyone must work together to save Joshimath.
On Sunday, the district administration gave the affected families the money they needed for essential household items. DM Banerjee, an emeritus scientist at the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), blamed the current state of affairs on the building of roads and tunnels for a nearby hydroelectric project even though the reason for the apparent subsidence in the holy town is unknown.
If necessary, the government would perform an emergency inspection, according to Khurana. Currently, 603 structures in Joshimath town have developed fractures, according to the Chamoli District Disaster Management Authority. 68 households in total have reportedly been “temporarily” relocated, according to officials. 229 rooms have been identified as temporarily usable in the Joshimath city region, and a total of 1271 people could stay there. In accordance with sections 33 and 34 of the Disaster Management Act, the administration has additionally mandated the urgent evacuation of residents from locations with a history of excessive landslides and other areas deemed risky.
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