After Joshimath, the land in Badrinath has sunk up to one feet
After Joshimath, the land in Badrinath has sunk up to one feet: the demolition of old buildings is the reason, there is no danger on Chardham Yatra
Landslides are not stopping in Uttarakhand. After cracks in Joshimath, such incidents are also coming to the fore in Badrinath, 45 km away. Here some shops have been removed due to land subsidence in the main market. Traffic has been stopped by putting barricades in some places.
Local people say that due to the demolition of old buildings under the Rs 424 crore masterplan in Badrinath, incidents of land subsidence up to one feet are coming to the fore.
Actually, the work of Alaknanda River Front Development is going on under the master plan. People allege that due to the delay in the construction of the protection wall on the river bank, the ground is sinking due to vibration. Meanwhile, according to Badrinath-Kedarnath temple committee chairman Ajendra Ajay, the disaster management team has carried out the inspection. There is no danger on Chardham Yatra. This area is not on the travel route. 17,271 pilgrims visited Badrinath Dham on Tuesday.
Cracks had appeared in 868 houses in all 9 wards of Joshimath. The Disaster Management Authority had declared 181 houses in four of these wards unsafe.
The main market of the Panchbhaiya locality in Badrinath has been most affected by the landslide. Traffic has been stopped here. Some shops have also been removed from the Narayanpuri market. Minor cracks have also appeared in the pedestrian path of Bamani village. Chamoli Collector Himanshu Khurana inspected. Rajesh Mehta, president of the Badrinath Hotel Association, alleges that the subsidence occurred due to sabotage under the Badrinath master plan.
Senior Geologist Prof. SP Sati says that excavation has been done at various places under the master plan. The leakage of water from the big pits made due to this is causing the land to sink. To stop this, the construction of security walls should be done soon in the affected areas, otherwise, it will increase.
New cases of land subsidence have also come to light in Nainital's Mall Road, Tiffin Top, and Naina Peak. According to Disaster Management Officer Shailesh Kumar, the central and state governments have started surveys in the areas prone to subsidence. A plan will be made on the basis of the survey report. The population of Nainital is also at risk. There is a possibility of damage to the High Court building due to land subsidence.