Joshimath is sinking: 723 affected families to be compensated with Rs 1.5 lakh, demolition of only 2 hotels not houses
Residents of 723 houses which have developed cracks in Joshimath will be given assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh. A sum of Rs 50,000 for shifting and Rs 1 lakh will be given as advance of compensation. The amount of final compensation, it will be decided later.
After talking to the affected families on Wednesday, M Sundaram, secretary to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, informed the media about the decisions. He said that no houses will be demolished as of now, only 2 hotels will be demolished. Red marks have been placed on the houses to evacuate them. He said that discussions have also been held with the hotel owners, they have agreed to cooperate in the administrative action.
2 luxury hotels Malari Inn and Mount View, which have come close to each other in Joshimath, may get demolished today. SDRF and administration teams had reached here on Wednesday as well. But the process of demolishing them was not completed yesterday. The road around the hotels has been closed to demolish the hotels.
Latest updates from Joshimath
- In front of Hotel Malari Inn, the family of the hotel owner was protesting by staging a sit-in dharna on the road. Secretary Sundaram said that discussions have been held with these people.
- Chamoli Collector Himanshu Khurana said that cracks have appeared in Bahuguna of Karnprayag. The team of IIT Roorkee is conducting studies there. Necessary steps will be taken after their report.
- IMD has predicted rain and snowfall in Chamoli from January 11 to January 13.
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Both luxury hotels can be demolished today
The State Disaster Management Force (SDRF) is working on a plan to demolish these hotels step-by-step. Both the hotels are titling towards each other. They will demolished manually and no explosives will be used. The work of demolishing them will be done under the supervision of Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) Roorkee.
CBRI Chief Scientist DP Kanungo said that the hotel cannot be repaired. They have to be demolished. The hotel’s foundation was affected by the ladder.
Joshimath and surrounding area sinking every year
A two-year study by the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing revealed that land in and around Joshimath was sinking at a rate of 2.5 inches every year. This study has been done by the Dehradun-based institute using satellite data. Satellite images collected from July 2020 to March 2022 show that the entire region is slowly sinking. The data shows that the subsidence zone is spread across the valley and is not confined to Joshimath.
The Central Government on Tuesday said that a micro-earthquake observation system will be set up in Joshimath. Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that the work of installing micro seismic observation system will start from Wednesday. Joshimath falls under the highly sensitive earthquake zone 5, ergo seismic stress remains constant.
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