New Delhi. Union Home Minister Amit Shah took stock of the situation in Joshimath on Thursday. The officers provided this information. Cracks are being seen in buildings and other structures in Joshimath, Uttarakhand. Four Union Ministers – Nitin Gadkari (Road Transport), R. Of. Singh (Energy), Bhupendra Yadav (Environment and Forest) and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (Jal Shakti) besides top officials attended the meeting. Officials said that Shah assessed the situation arising in Joshimath and the steps taken to remove the problems of the people.
The National Disaster Management Committee (NCMC) on Tuesday reviewed the situation in Joshimath and said that immediate priority should be to evacuate all residents in the affected area to safer places. In the NCMC meeting, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba had emphasized that priority should also be given to demolishing vulnerable structures in a safe manner.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said on Thursday that the compensation at the market rate for the families affected by the landslide in Joshimath would be decided on the basis of the suggestions of a locally constituted committee. A 19-member committee was formed on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Chamoli District Magistrate Himanshu Khurana to ensure distribution of package amount and rate of rehabilitation package among the affected families.
Demolition of hotel declared ‘unsafe’ begins in Joshimath
Meanwhile, after a two-day standoff between the hotel owners and the administration over the demand for compensation, the process of demolishing both the hotels declared ‘unsafe’ in landslide-affected Joshimath was initiated on Thursday. At the same time, the process of evacuating people from houses with cracks and sending them to safer places also continued. Due to land subsidence and cracks in the walls for the past several days, the process of demolishing the hotels started after an agreement was reached between the owners of the hotels ‘Malari Inn’ and ‘Mount View’ and the local administration.
The number of houses with cracks increased to 760.
Disaster Management Secretary Ranjit Kumar Sinha told in Dehradun that 27 more families have been sent to temporary relief centers in Joshimath, while the number of houses marked with cracks has increased to 760. So far 589 members of 169 families have been sent to temporary relief centres. He informed that a total of 835 rooms are being used as relief centers in Joshimath and Pipalkoti where there is accommodation for 3630 people. The official said that so far 42 affected families have been given interim assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh each.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 12, 2023, 23:29 IST