Joshimath: CM Dhami Meets Locals
Joshimath: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami met locals affected by land subsidence in Joshimath, which has triggered massive concerns. More than 500 houses are said to have developed cracks as residents say that Joshimath is sinking.
Experts have raised alarm over the developments linking the cracks in the houses to rapid construction in the ecologically sensitive area. Chief Minister Dhami’s visit to the area comes a day after he held a high-level meeting on the situation in Dehradun and announced a slew of urgent measures.
Chief Minister Dhami Meets Joshimath’s Local
While taking Twitter, Uttarakhand CM Shami has seen interacting with locals in the area as he took a stock of the situation in various parts. He even went to the houses that have developed cracks and were seen assuring locals.
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In a media report, the Chief Minister said: “Joshimath hold religious significance. In this situation of crisis, our first priority is to keep everyone safe. On the damage that has already been done, experts are holding a review. The first thing we have been trying to do is move people to safety.”
Government Announces Cash Relief To Affected Families
The government announced on Friday that Rs 4,000 will be given to all affected families for the next six months from the Chief Minister’s relief fund. The Chief Minister also said that rehabilitation centres should be set up immediately at a safe place, and that danger zones should be vacated immediately.
Land subsidence has been happening in Joshimath for the last few days. Till date cracks have been noticed in more than six hundred buildings. In view of this, 38 families have been temporarily shifted to safer places. In the said area, even at present, the cracks are continuously increasing, due to which more affected families are likely to be temporarily shifted to safer places,” the letter by Chamoli DM read.
The affected people, their families, and children are currently living in night shelters, officials said. The locals said that the people affected by the landslide. They have been assured by the government that they will get pre-fabricated houses. However, they are worried about when the houses will be allotted to them.