Joshimath crisis: ‘Everything imp shouldn’t come to us’, Supreme Court declines urgent hearing | India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday declined an urgent hearing of the plea relating to the Joshimath sinking incident.
Agreeing to hear the matter on January 16, a bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimh said, “Everything important in the country can’t come to the Supreme Court”.
“There are democratically elected institutions to look into it. Everything important should not come to us. We will list it on January 16,” the CJI said.
The plea was mentioned by advocate Parmeshwar Nath Mishra, appearing for Swami Saraswati.
Saraswati has contended that the incident has occurred due to large-scale industrialisation and sought immediate financial assistance and compensation to the people of Uttarakhand.
The plea has also sought direction to the National Disaster Management Authority to actively support the residents of Joshimath in this challenging time.
“No development is needed at the cost of human life and their ecosystem and if any such thing is to happen, then it is the duty of the State and Union government to stop the same immediately at war level,” the plea of the Seer said.
Joshimath, the gateway to famous pilgrimage sites like Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib and international skiing destination Auli, is facing a major challenge due to land subsidence.
It is sinking gradually with huge cracks developing in houses, roads and fields there. Many houses have suffered subsidence, locals said.
Several families were evacuated from Joshimath after cracks appeared in their houses in the wake of the subsidence.
– With agency inputs

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