12 Jan 2023

Joshimath Sinking: Troops Shifted To Auli; Amit Shah Chairs High-Level Meeting

Joshimath: Home Minister Amit Shah held a high-level meeting with 4 Union Ministers amidst the incident of land subsidence in Joshimath, Uttarakhand. According to sources, the meeting was attended by Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Energy Minister RK Singh, Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. However, the details of what transpired in the meeting have not been revealed.

Buildings of Army base develop cracks

The landslide in Joshimath has also affected the army. Army Chief General Manoj Pandey told on Thursday that- 25-28 buildings of the army base have minor cracks. The troops have been temporarily shifted to Auli. If needed, their posting will be made permanent.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami also reached Joshimath and took stock of the situation. He held a meeting with officials and experts. Dhami said- Only 25% of the houses in Joshimath have cracks, such houses have been evacuated. Do not create such an atmosphere that Joshimath is sinking.

'Tourists will not come if an atmosphere of fear is created'

CM Dhami said that the economy of Joshimath is dependent on tourism. There is also the Char Dham Yatra after 4 months. Tourists will not come if there is an atmosphere of fear. Help of Rs 1.5 lakh will reach the accounts of the affected immediately. Later, more help will be given to the affected. We have formed a committee of government and public representatives, which is talking about compensation.

Cracks seen in more houses

Cracks were noticed in more than 50 other houses in Joshimath in the last 24 hours. Earlier this figure was 723. On the other hand, people say how can they give up their property without the compensation being fixed. 

Cracks even in hotels where people were shifted

Some people were shifted to hotels, but there were cracks even there. This angered the people. They said that when we have to die, we would prefer to die in our homes.

Meanwhile, there is confusion in Joshimath about the survey of the house. People allege that everything is not as it seems. Three families are living in one room. Cold winter nights are proving to be a nightmare for families with young children. In the morning, most of these families come and sit in the verandahs of their houses.

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