Cracks developed even in Shivalinga at Shankaracharya Madhav Ashram temple !

Landslides at Joshimath (Uttarakhand) !

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) – Six hundred families have been relocated due to the landslides in the Joshimath area. After cracks developed in the walls of houses in the ancient Jyotirmath area, cracks have now been found even on the Shivalinga in Shankaracharya Madhav Ashram Mandir. The chief Brahmachari Mukundananda of Jyotirmath informed that there were cracks on the entrance gate of the Math, Lakshminarayan Mandir, and its hall. ‘Totakacharya Gufa, Tripur Sundari Rajrajeshwari Mandir, and ‘Jyotish Peetha’s Shankaracharya’s ‘Gaadi’ is also in this area.

Jyotish Peetha’s Shankaracharya Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati has expressed concern over the landslides at Joshimath. Shankaracharya said that Jyotirmath is also affected by the landslides. The Government should make arrangements to provide prompt help to the affected people and their rehabilitation. There were signs of landslides since last year, but nothing was done about it.

Construction of tunnels responsible for landslides still going on despite orders to stop the work !

There have been cracks in 561 houses in the Joshimath area due to landslides. They will be relocated. The work of the tunnel for the hydro-electric project undertaken by the National Thermal Power Corporation and ‘Char Dham All-weather Road (Helang-Marwari bypass)’ is still being carried on despite the issue of orders to stop this work. Big machines, continuously excavating the mountain, are creating more problems in the area. The people of this city, with a population of 50,000, are staying out of their homes in the severe cold, due to the fear of collapsing homes. The administration and State Disaster Management officers have started surveys of the affected houses in Joshimath, along with the experts in the field.

CM Pushkar Dhami visits the affected areas of Joshimath

Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami visited Joshimath on the 7th of January 2023. He has already given instructions to build a big rehabilitation centre in a safe place, for the affected families and to immediately vacate the dangerous areas. The Government has advised families to shift to rented houses, in cases where their houses are not fit to live in. The Government will give them Rs. 4,000/- per month as rent assistance.

Landslides even at Karnaprayag

It has been now observed that cracks are developed in houses even at Karnaprayag in the State. More than 50 houses at Bahugunanagar, CMP Band, and Sabji Mandi have developed cracks. There were incidents of landslides during the last monsoon in these areas.

25 houses have developed cracks in the area, therefore, many families have shifted to other places, but those who have no option, are still staying there under the shadow of fear. The experts have surveyed this area and have proposed some solutions. The work in that context will, however, start after the allocation of funds by the Government.

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