Joshimath Crisis: The situation in Joshimath of Uttarakhand is getting worse day by day. The number of houses showing cracks is increasing continuously. As per the latest information, the number of damaged houses has gone up to 723. The government has ordered the demolition of some houses and hotels. However, the demolition work of the two hotels could not be completed on Tuesday due to protests by hotel owners and local people. A total of 131 families have so far been shifted to temporary relief centers following the Supreme Court order. At the same time, environmental experts have warned that if we still do not stop harming the environment in the name of development works, then Joshimath will not be the last place where such situations will arise.
10 major updates on Joshimath crisis:
1. The National Crisis Management Committee, after reviewing the situation in Joshimath, on Tuesday said that evacuation of residents from houses that have developed cracks is their top priority.
2. The Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, Uttarakhand will assist the state government in the demolition of the unsafe area of Joshimath.
3. The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined urgent hearing of a petition regarding the Joshimath demolition. Listed the matter for January 16. The Court said that there are democratically elected institutions to deal with such situations.
4. NTPC’s Tapovan-Vishnugarh project has come on the radar due to the weakening of Joshimath’s foundation. The construction has now been stopped. NTPC has rejected the claims. In a press note last week, NTPC had claimed that its tunnel was not passing under Joshimath.
5. Joshimath was declared a disaster prone area on Monday. Let us tell you that the local people protested for a month.
6. An expert panel constituted by the government found that the land beneath Joshimath was being displaced. Joshimath is sinking due to man-made and natural factors.
7. Environment expert Vimalendu Jha says that Joshimath is not the last. Many cities and villages in the Himalayas will be submerged in the coming years. He blamed the government the most for this.
8. He said, “More than 66 tunnels are being constructed in different parts of Uttarakhand. Dams are also being built. The whole of Uttarakhand is being harmed for many decades despite the warnings of the experts. Continuous subsidence inside the ground The ongoing excavation and blasting have wreaked havoc.
9. Apart from NTPC, the experts have also blamed rail projects for increasing landslides on the mountains.
10. Vimlendu Jha said, “The most shocking thing is that for more than 5 decades, experts have warned the government. They have said that you should not map the Himalayas on the lines of Delhi. Be sensitive to the mountain. ”