A demolition drive in Joshimath, a "sinking" town, will begin today to raze homes and other structures at risk of collapsing.
Joshimath: A demolition drive in Joshimath, a “sinking” town, will begin today to raze homes and other structures at risk of collapsing.
In the first stage of demolition, two hotels, Mount View and Mallari Inn, will be demolished because they have developed deeper cracks that have caused the building to lean backward. Nearby residents who were in the vicinity of the demolition site have evacuated the area.
Uttarakhand Police are busy managing the law and order situation, and traffic police will block traffic in the nearby vicinity. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) is in the area where demolition drives are to be started.
Chief Secretary SS Sandu has ordered the demolition of unsafe buildings with the help of scientists who will oversee the drive.
More houses have been experiencing the cracks in Joshimath, forcing the residents to leave their respective homes in this chilling winter. They have taken shelters set up by the state government.
The Disaster Management Authority in Chamoli added that so far 82 families have evacuated their residents, who have been shifted to safe locations. The number of subsidence-affected homes was almost over 600, but their numbers reached 678 after 27 more families were sent to safe places.
The district administration has identified more than 200 houses in Joshimath that are unsafe for habitation. The government has issued an order for the occupants to go to temporary relief camps, and is set to provide Rs 4,000 per month for the next six months to the affected families from the chief minister’s relief fund.