New Delhi. Along with the state government, the central government has now become serious about the cracks in the houses located in Joshimath, Uttarakhand. In this sequence, the Secretary of Border Management and members of the National Disaster Management Authority will visit Uttarakhand on Monday and will take stock of the situation in Joshimath. These decisions were taken after a high-level review meeting on the situation in Joshimath by Principal Secretary to Prime Minister PK Mishra on Sunday. The Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand informed the PMO about the situation. Many expert agencies have also been asked to study the situation there and give recommendations.
Under this decision, teams of experts from National Disaster Management Authority, National Disaster Management Institute, Geological Survey of India, IIT Roorkee, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, National Institute of Hydrology and Central Building Research Institute will study the area and submit the report. Chief Secretary Uttarakhand informed the Prime Minister’s Office from Joshimath during the review meeting chaired by PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.
Principal Secretary to Prime Minister PK Mishra was informed at the Joshimath review meeting that Government of India agencies and experts are assisting the state government in preparing short, medium and long term plans. One team of NDRF and four teams of SDRF have already reached Joshimath.
Uttarakhand’s Joshimath has been declared a landslide and subsidence zone and more than 60 families living in damaged houses in the collapsed town have been shifted to temporary relief centres. A senior official gave this information on Sunday. Garhwal commissioner Sushil Kumar said the local administration has set up relief centers at four-five places in the Himalayan town and at least 90 more families are to be evacuated.
At the same time, the Uttarakhand government has requested the National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC) in Hyderabad and the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) in Dehradun to study the Joshimath area through satellite images and submit a detailed report with photos. Meanwhile, the Geological Survey of India has also been asked to examine the suitability of Koti Farm, Plant Institute and Horticulture Department land in Joshimath and Semaldala area of Pipalkoti for rehabilitation.