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Joshimath Disaster

In disaster-hit Joshimath, the scope of cracks on buildings and land is increasing. Due to this, the number of unsafe buildings is also increasing continuously. According to the latest update, the guest house of the Public Works Department will be broken in JCB machine today.

Jagran Correspondent, Chamoli: In disaster-hit Joshimath, the scope of cracks on buildings and land is increasing. Due to this, the number of unsafe buildings is also increasing continuously. According to the latest update, the guest house of the Public Works Department will be broken in JCB machine today. The Dak Bungalow of the Public Works Department was declared unsafe on Sunday and was vacated due to increasing cracks. After this the building started tilting to one side, seeing as the government ordered its demolition on Tuesday. This work started on Wednesday. The window doors and their door frames were removed here on the first day of the dismantling being done under the supervision of CBRI scientists. It is being told that in the last 24 hours, the leaning has increased along with the cracks in the building.

Demolition of unsafe buildings continues in JP Colony, located in the Marwari area of ​​Joshimath. Here 14 buildings will be removed one by one mechanically under the supervision of CBRI scientists. Right now the team is dismantling two buildings. Jaypee Company itself is getting this work done by its engineers and workers which started on Tuesday.

Dismantling is going on in multi-story hotels Malari Inn and Mount View in the Singhdhar area with the upper floors of the hotels on the verge of collapsing. On Wednesday, the work of demolishing the roof and pillars on the upper floors of the hotels was done. Also, windows and doors, etc. were removed from the lower floors. The process of bowing down of Hotel Snow Crest and Comet Lodge, located in the same area, continues. The width of the cracks is also increasing. Due to this, the administration has put red marks here, but no decision has been taken yet regarding the removal of the hotels.

New cracks at three places on Badrinath Highway In Joshimath, the process of new cracks continues to appear on Badrinath Highway and other roads as well. The width of cracks on the roads is also increasing. On Wednesday, new cracks were seen at three places near Tehsil on Badrinath Highway. The existing cracks on the highway have also widened. Cracks are also increasing in the tehsil building. However, this building has not yet been declared unsafe.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami met CM Dhami.

Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami met Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah in New Delhi on Wednesday. He gave detailed information to the Union Home Minister about the situation arising out of the landslide in the Joshimath area and requested central assistance for disaster relief. The Chief Minister informed the Home Minister that Joshimath town is the tehsil headquarters of district Chamoli, the winter abode of Shri Badrinathji, and is also an important place from the point of view of strategic, cultural, and tourism.

The Chief Minister said that Joshimath is situated on the debris of a thick layer of old landslides. Although the history of landslides and cracks in buildings is old, but since the night of January 2, thick cracks were visible in the buildings and a complaint was received of a new 500 LPM stream under Jaypee Plant. He said that so far 25 percent of the area is affected by landslides, whose estimated population is around 25,000.

There are about 4500 registered buildings in the municipality area, out of which wide cracks have been reflected in 849 buildings, temporarily displaced families are 250, the survey is in motion and the said affected families and buildings are continuously increasing. While five sites have been identified for rehabilitation, whose geological testing is being done. Out of total 09 wards of Joshimath, 04 wards are completely affected while 08 Central Technical Institutes are conducting scientific tests in the affected area.

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