Land is sinking in Joshi Math of Uttarakhand. Cracks have appeared in 561 houses so far. Despite this, the work on the tunnel of NTPC's Hydel Project and the Char Dham All-Weather Road (Helang-Marwari Bypass) has not been stopped. Now, the government had immediately banned the project. After this the work on papers stopped, but on the spot, big machines are continuously digging the mountain.
In a city with a population of 50,000, the day passes, but the night remains. People are forced to stay outside the house in the bitter cold. They are afraid that the house may collapse anytime. The maximum impact is in Ravigram, Gandhinagar and Sunil wards of Joshimath. The city is spread over 4,677 sq km.
Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Dhami will visit Joshimath on Saturday. Dhami, in a high-level meeting on Friday, ordered the immediate evacuation of the danger zone and the construction of a large rehabilitation centre at a safer place for the affected families.
At the same time, instructions were given to shift 600 families living in dangerous houses immediately.The government has asked families whose houses are unlivable or have been damaged to move to rented accommodation. The government will give them 4 thousand rupees every month as rent. This amount will be provided from the CM Relief Fund for the next 6 months.