Joshimath subsidence: Supreme Court agrees to hear plea on January 16 - The Telegraph

Share this article Share this article
published Published on Jan 10, 2023   modified Modified on Jan 10, 2023

The Telegraph/PTI

A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice P S Narasimha, however, refused to list the plea for urgent hearing

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea on January 16 seeking it’s intervention to declare the crisis in Uttarakhand's land subsidence-hit Joshimath as a national disaster. A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha, however, refused to list the plea, filed by Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati, for urgent hearing saying everything important should not come to it directly.

Saraswati has contended that the incident has occurred due to large-scale industrialisation and sought immediate financial assistance and compensation to the people of Uttarakhand. The plea has also sought direction to the National Disaster Management Authority to actively support the residents of Joshimath in this challenging time. The plea said that development is not needed at the cost of human life and their ecosystem and if any such thing is to happen, then it is the duty of the State and Union government to stop the same immediately at war level. Joshimath, the gateway to pilgrimage sites like Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib and international skiing destination Auli, is facing a major challenge due to land subsidence. Joshimath is sinking gradually with huge cracks developing in houses, roads and fields there. Many houses have suffered subsidence, locals have said.

The district administration had put red cross marks on more than 200 houses in the sinking town that are unsafe for living. It asked their occupants to either shift to the temporary relief centres or rented accommodation for which each family will get assistance of Rs 4,000 per month for the next six months from the state government. Personnel of the State Disaster Response Force have been deployed for the relief and rescue efforts. A team of the the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is also "on standby" to assist the local administration. There are 16 places in Joshimath where temporary relief centres have been built for the affected people. Apart from them, 19 more hotels, guest houses and school buildings have been identified for the affected people in Joshimath and 20 outside the town in Pipalkoti.

Please click here to read more

The Telegraph/PTI, January 10, 2023,

Related Articles


Write Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Video Archives


share on Facebook
Read Later

Contact Form

Please enter security code