10 Jan 2023

Joshimath Disaster: Demolition Of Unsafe Buildings Begin, Teams of CBRI, NDRF Arrive; Supreme Court refuses urgent hearing

In Joshimath, the campaign to demolish the buildings which have become unsafe due to landslides will start from Tuesday. 

Red marks  placed on unsafe buildings: Chief Secretary Dr. SS Sandhu has given instructions to demolish unsafe buildings. Under the supervision of the scientists of the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), the team of PWD will do the work of demolishing the buildings, the teams of both the institutes have reached Joshimath. Red marks have been placed on unsafe buildings.

Hotels are badly damaged: Secretary Disaster Management Dr. Ranjit Sinha told that the team of CBRI reached Joshimath and surveyed Malari Inn and Mount View Hotel on Monday. The demolition of the buildings will start from these two hotels. These hotels have been badly damaged.

Action to demolish Malari Inn started: First of all Hotel Malari Inn will be demolished. The action to demolish Malari Inn started from 9 am. Action will be taken to break the hotel under the direction of the team of experts from Central Building Research Institute Roorkee and in the presence of NDRF, SDRF. 

Possibility of rain, snowfall: There is also the challenge of weather in front of the administration. Given the possibility of rain or snowfall, the government wants the most vulnerable buildings to be demolished immediately.

Team of Home Ministry will reach Joshimath: Today a team of Ministry of Home Affairs will come to Joshimath and take stock of the damage caused by the landslide.

478 houses and 2 hotels have been identified to be demolished. So far 81 families have been evacuated.

Supreme Court refuses urgent hearing

The Supreme Court has refused urgent hearing on the petition filed by Swami Avimukteshwarananda on Joshi Math. The court will hear the matter on January 16. The Supreme Court said – There are institutions elected through democracy, which are looking into this matter. It is not necessary to bring every case to us.

Hotel owner said – notice had to be given

Hotel Malari Inn owner Thakur Singh Rana said, "If the building has to be demolished for the benefit of the people, I am with the government. Building becomes unsafe even if there is a slight crack. But I had to be given a notice. We would have evaluated the hotel. I have asked them to do so. After that I will leave."

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