Central team to visit Joshimath in Uttarakhand today

A team from the Ministry of Home Affairs will visit Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli, where land subsidence has occurred, district magistrate, Himanshu Khurana said on Monday.

The official said that the work of demolition of buildings will be started tomorrow.

“Today a team from the Ministry of Jal Shakti had come, tomorrow also a team from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India will come to Joshimath. The work of demolition of buildings will be started from tomorrow under the supervision of the team of Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) Roorkee,” Mr Khurana said.

The areas where the buildings will be demolished have been vacated by the administration after they were declared unsafe zone.

“People’s belongings are being shifted with the help of SDRF personnel on the spot. People are getting very sad and emotional as they evacuate their homes,” sources said.

Meanwhile, District Disaster Management Authority, Chamoli has issued a bulletin related to disaster management in view of landslides happening in the Joshimath area.

According to the bulletin, cracks have been noticed in a total of 678 buildings in the Joshimath town area. In view of security, a total of 81 families have been temporarily displaced.

“Under Joshimath city area, 213 rooms have been temporarily identified as habitable, whose capacity has been estimated at 1191, along with this, 491 rooms/halls have been identified in Pipalkoti outside Joshimath area, whose capacity is 2,205,” the bulletin said.