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Uttarakhand: Prime Minister’s office calls high-level meeting on Joshimath after cracks appear in houses, roads

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had also reached Joshimath, a sinking town in Chamoli district of the state, on Saturday. The CM became emotional during the meeting with the affected families. CM Dhami met people of all ages from elders to children.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Dr. PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will hold a high-level review today in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with the Cabinet Secretary and senior officials of the Government of India and members of the National Disaster Management Authority on the issue of Joshimath. The District Magistrate of Joshimath will also be present in this review meeting through video conference. Senior officials of Uttarakhand have also been asked to attend the review through video conference.

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Land sinking in Joshimath
Let us tell you that the land is sinking in Joshimath, the religious tourist town of Uttarakhand and due to this cracks are coming in the houses. Houses are collapsing in Joshimath and people are in danger of losing their shelter due to this natural calamity.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had also reached Joshimath, a sinking town in Chamoli district of the state, on Saturday. The CM became emotional during the meeting with the affected families. CM Dhami met people of all ages from elders to children and got to know their problems. He said that our effort is to save everyone safely. Preparations are being made for necessary arrangements.

The Chief Minister said that premier institutes like IIT Roorkee and other institutes are in talks with ISRO to find out the reasons for this. Geologists doing work. Apart from the Guwahati Institute, IIT Roorkee is also in talks with ISRO.

According to the statement issued by the Chamoli district administration on Friday, out of total 561 establishments, there are 153 establishments in Ravigram ward, 127 in Gandhinagar ward, 28 in Marwari ward, 24 in Lower Bazar ward, 52 in Singhdhar ward, 71 in Manohar. Cracks have been reported in Bagh Ward, 29 in Upper Bazar Ward, 27 in Sunil Ward and 50 in Parsari.

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For years, experts have warned that large-scale construction work, including hydropower projects, in and around Joshimath could lead to land subsidence – the sinking or settling of the ground surface.

A town of around 17,000 people, Joshimath is a gateway to pilgrimages to Hindu and Sikh shrines, like Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib, and popular with tourists looking to trek parts of the Himalayas or ski in Auli.

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