Cracks appear in 68 more Joshimath houses | India News

JOSHIMATH: An eight-member expert panel led by Ranjit Sinha, secretary of disaster management department, that held a field survey of Joshimath on January 5 and 6 recommended in its report that “houses with maximum damage should be demolished, areas which have become uninhabitable must be identified and relocation of the people at risk should be done as an immediate measure”.
On being asked whether more structures will be razed, district magistrate, Chamoli, Himanshu Khuranna said, “It is a developing situation and the survey to ascertain the vulnerability of the structures is currently under way. More structures will be demolished, if needed, keeping the safety of the people in mind. ”
Meanwhile, the district administration on Monday identified over 100 houses, spread in four municipal wards of Gandhinagar, Singhdhar, Manohar Bagh and Sunil, that are in the “dangerous category” and ordered their immediate evacua tion. Currently, nine teams comprising three to four persons each, are engaged in a door-to-door survey to identify the houses that fall in ‘dangerous’ category, said ADM Chamoli, Abhishek Tripathi. Cracks appeared in 68more houses on Monday, taking the number of subsidence-affected homes to 678 while 27 more families were evacuated to safety, according to the Chamoli district administration. So far, 82 families have been shifted to 16 temporary shelters identified by the administration.
It was a grim situation in Joshimath on Monday as people could be seen vacating their houses and hotels. Hotel Snow Crest and Kamet near the police station were evacuated as both started sinking as well. “Our hotel has sunk by almost 6 inches and is now leaning towards the adjacent hotel,” Chirag Prajapati, caretaker of the hotel, told TOI.
Spread in an area of 2. 5 square km, Joshimath has around 3,900 residential and 400 commercial buildings, a ccording to the district administration. However, the municipal council data shows that only 1,790 people are paying house tax. Giving details about the rehabilitation process, Sundaram said, “Our immediate priority is to evacuate people from unsafe houses, followed by providing them temporary shelter. Then, permanent rehabilitation will be the last step. ”
The district administration is looking at several land options for building pre-fabricated houses for the people evacuated from their homes. “A piece of land at Koti farm, hor ticulture department’s land near Auli and NTPC’s land at Dhak are being considered for the purpose. The Geological Survey of India w

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