Prime Minister's Office calls key meet on 'sinking' Joshimath in Uttarakhand

Prime Minister's Office calls key meet on 'sinking' Joshimath in Uttarakhand

Joshimath is a renowned pilgrimage and tourism destination.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Sunday, January 08, 2023, 01:18 PM IST
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Cracks emerge in Joshimath due to land subsidence | File

New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office will hold a high-level meeting on the Joshimath crisis on Sunday afternoon amid alarm in the Uttarakhand region due to sinking of land and cracks in houses at several places.

P K Mishra, the principal secretary to the prime minister, will hold the review meeting with the cabinet secretary, other senior officials of the central government and members of the National Disaster Management Authority, an official statement said.

District officials of Joshimath besides senior officials of Uttarakhand will also attend the review meeting through video-conferencing.

CM visits Joshimath

Uttrakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had visited Joshimath on Saturday to assess the situation on the ground, a day after he directed immediate evacuation of around 600 affected families.

Dhami said Joshimath is an important place from the cultural, religious and tourism point of view and all efforts will be made to save it.

Importance of Joshimath

Joshimath, the gateway to famous pilgrimage sites like Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib and international skiing destination Auli, is facing a major challenge due to land subsidence.

After cracks appeared in houses and roads in Uttarakhand's Joshimath, officials in Joshimath, had to evict hundreds of residents from their homes after hundreds of buildings cracked due to shifting soil. Joshimath is a renowned pilgrimage and tourism destination.

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