In Pictures: How Joshimath Is Crumbling With Every Crack In The Hills
Joshimath, a popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand is on edge as 610 of its 4,500 structures are showing signs of collapsing. A small town in Uttarakhand - Joshimath city has been built on an ancient landslide material that's why it doesn't have high load-bearing capacity. This makes the area extremely vulnerable to ever-burgeoning infrastructure and population.?
Over 60 residents who were living in uninhabitable homes in the sinking town of Joshimath were moved to temporary relief centres after authorities declared it a landslide-subsidence zone.
At least 90 more families reportedly need to be evacuated. Four to five locations in the Himalayan town have been designated as relief centres by the local government. Take a look at the horrifying photos inside the famous pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand.
With “sinking” concerns looming large in Joshimath, some experts have warned that other prominent hilly areas like Uttarkashi and Nainital are also facing a similar risk.
Further, district administration has started marking red cross marks on buildings facing potential danger due to land subsidence.?
The people of Joshimath have blamed the NTPC’s Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project for their woes.
While there is strong resentment against the Uttarakhand government for the indifference with which it treated warnings about the dangerous situation of buildings in the Himalayan town due to heavy construction activities.?
A large number of people also took out a torchlight protest in the area on Jan 4 as several houses developed deep cracks, leaving them in a panicked state.?
According to a team of bureaucrats and experts who conducted a survey in the area, a set of recommendations have been made in order to deal with the crisis.?
Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand government will pay Rs 4,000 per month for up to six months to those who want to move to rented accommodations, said Chamoli District Magistrate (DM) Himanshu Khurana on Sunday.?
People were told to move out of unsafe and uninhabitable houses as arrangements for their stay have been made in hotels, homestays and other safe places.?
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that he was “deeply disturbed” by seeing the “horrifying” pictures coming from Joshimath and urged the state government to take care of the affected people and ensure their safety in this cold weather.?
For 26 months when I was Environment Minister, I grappled with the development-environment issue in Uttarakhand. In a vast majority of cases, I decided in favour of ecological protection. This didn’t win me many friends, but these visuals from Joshimath vindicates my position. pic.twitter.com/4UYvgJJbiX— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) January 7, 2023
?With Agency Inputs