Joshimath is sinking: PMO to hold high-level meeting on Joshimath land subsidence today
The Prime Minister’s office announced on Sunday that a high-level meeting would be held today afternoon in response to the ongoing land subsidence in the Joshimath area of the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
According to a press release, Principal Secretary to the PM Dr PK Mishra will undertake a high-level review meeting with the Cabinet Secretary, senior government officials, and members of the National Disaster Management Authority at PMO on Sunday afternoon.
Joshimath District Officials will also be present via video conference during this discussion.
Senior Uttarakhand officers would reportedly participate in the review through video conference as well.
The meeting is being organised in response to the cracks that have appeared nearby in recent days.
The Additional Chief Secretary will serve as the government’s point person on the coordination committee, while Commissioner Garhwal will serve as its local point person. These committees will work together to provide assistance, relief, and rescue to those affected by the Joshimath landslide.
The Lord Badrinath idol is transported each winter from the main Badrinath temple to the Vasudeva temple at Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath, which serves as the Lord’s winter residence. Hindus hold Joshimath in high regard as a sacred location and a significant national centre for pilgrimage.
The district government has set up plans for the families affected by the subsidence in the meantime. 66 families have reportedly left Joshimath as of right now as a result of the appearance of cracks in the dwellings.
According to a statement released on Sunday, the district government has made plans for the families affected by the natural tragedy to reside in safe relief camps.
Notably, a day before Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati had filed a plea with the Supreme Court of India demanding the present incidents of Joshimath land subsidence to be declared as a National Disaster.