22 Apr 2023

Chardham Yatra Begins, Concerns of Residents of Joshimath Increase

The Chardham Yatra of Devbhoomi Uttarakhand is starting from Akshaya Tritiya, Saturday 22nd April. Under this yatra, the pilgrims coming to Uttarakhand visit Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Before this, till April 21, about 16 lakh devotees have registered for the yatra. First of all, the doors of Gangotri Dham will be opened at 12:35 pm.

The Gangotri temple is decorated with 11 quintals of marigold flowers. On the other hand, Maa Yamuna's doli was flagged off from Kharsali at 8:25 am on Saturday. The doors of Yamunotri Dham will open at 12.41 pm.

This time, the Uttarakhand government has removed the ban on visiting the prescribed number of pilgrims. However, online and offline registration of devotees will continue. The state government is engaged in preparations to welcome the devotees coming from all over the country. .

But in the midst of all this, the worries of the people living in Joshimath are increasing. This is the same town which was in limelight in the national and international media a few months back due to land subsidence.

The way to reach Badrinath temple passes through Joshimath, which has increased the concerns of the people living here.

Joshimath used to be most favorite place for pilgrims to stay

Joshimath, which comes under Chamoli district, used to be the most favorite place for pilgrims to stay during the Chardham Yatra till the news of land subsidence came. Since January this year, 886 buildings in the town have been declared unsafe.

Action has also been taken to demolish many of these buildings. Joshimath's Malari Inn Hotel was also among the demolished buildings, whose owner Thakur Singh Rana is very upset after the damage to the hotel.

All the people living in Joshimath, including Rana, whose houses have been declared unsafe, are quite dissatisfied with the help provided by the state government.

Joshinath residents suspend their agitation after assurance from CM

People of Joshimath have been  protesting for the last over 100 days seeking rehabilitation and compensation for the losses due to land subsidence. They suspended their agitation for 20 days after chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami agreed to consider their 11-point demands.

Atul Sati of the Joshimath Bachao Sangharsh Samiti said they will relaunch and intensify the agitation if their demands are not met by May 11.

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