Joshimath sinking: ISRO report on land subsidence withdrawn over 'negative misinterpretation'

The report which was earlier available on their website cannot be accessed and the link to the same is not functional either.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 06:16 PM IST
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The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) National Remot Sensing Centre, Hyderabad on Uttarakhand's Joshimath land subsidence was withdrawn on January 13, stated reports.

According to a report in India Today, the report which was earlier available on their website cannot be accessed and the link to the same is not functional either.

Another report in The Hindu quoted senior scientist working with the NRSC-ISRO saying that the report was removed because it was being negatively misinterpreted despite being a scientific study.

Uttarakhand minister flags issue with ISRO report

The report stated that Uttarakhand Cabinet Minister Dhan Singh Rawat had spoken to director of NRSC-ISRO asking if the report was their official take and he was informed the report will be updated.

Rawat told them that the report has created panic following that ISRO informed him that it was taken down.

What did the report say?

The ISRO had recorded subsidence of the hill town. Based on prelimnary results of data compiled by NRSC abd ISRO, the town had rapidly sank by 5.4 cm between December 27, 2022 and January 8, 2023.

It stated that the central part of the town, army helipad and Narsingh Mandr--winter seat of Lord Badrinath--were witnessing rapid subsidence, the satellite images released on website showed, mentioned the Hindu report.

The observations also stated that slow subsidence of upto 9 cm in the town was recorded for over a period of seven months between April and November last year.

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