The demolition of unsafe buildings in subsidence-hit Joshimath in Uttarakhand resumed on Saturday, even as the number of buildings with cracks rose to 863. The Chamoli District Magistrate (DM) Himanshu Khurana undertook an on-the-spot assessment of the area designated in the Joshimath Dhak village as having been damaged by the land subsidence on Saturday.
The DM instructed the RWD to deliver a contour map of the land in Dhak as quickly as possible. A comprehensive strategy for relocation should be created by Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) after consulting the impacted parties.
The Joshimath municipal region contains 863 buildings that have developed cracks as a result of subsidence, according to the district administration. Out of these, 181 structures have reportedly been designated as being in the danger zone by the DM.
Himanshu Khurana said, “Due to heavy snowfall in Joshimath, reports have been received that in a few areas cracks in buildings have widened. Our team is working to provide all the necessary facilities like heaters, hot water, and others.
Teams from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the police are prepared in case a disaster occurs as a result of the significant snowfall in Joshimath. He mentioned the state of the relief camps in Joshimath and stated that the crew is striving to give the family all the amenities they require.
Earlier on January 20, Ranjit Kumar Sinha, the secretary of disaster management, gave a media briefing on the rehabilitation and relief efforts taking place in Joshimath. He revealed that an amount of Rs 4 lakhs, or Rs 50,000 per family, has been allocated as immediate assistance to the eight affected tenants.
According to Sinha, more than Rs 3.27 crores had been provided as advance aid to 218 affected families in Joshimath. In addition to Joshimath, other regions of Uttarakhand, such as Uttarkashi, Tehri, Pauri, and Karanprayag, also report the same ground subsidence issue.