BY TTT NEWS NETWORK
KOLKATA, 8 JANUARY 2023s
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has held an important meeting on the ongoing crisis of subsidence in Joshimath, the gateway to the pilgrimage sites of Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib and also the famous skiing destination Auli.
The meeting was headed by chief secretary, P.K.Mishra. The seven member committee will visit the spot, assess the situation and will submit its findings to the central government.
The CM of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami inspected the affected sites and directed to shift the affected families. PM Narendra Modi also called him up over phone and took updates of the situation.
Since the past 15 days there have been reports of a series of incidents of subsidences.
Already the Geological Survey of India has been directed to conduct a survey on various places and also National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad and Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun have been directed to conduct a survey through satellite imagery and submit a report.
Joshimath is also very vital for India as it is strategically located about 100 kilometres away from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and acts as a corridor for both army and ITBP.
The Uttarakhand government has identified 600 houses which have developed cracks and started rehabilitations under the Disaster Management Acts.
The district administration has acquired eight hotels in Chamoli for rehabilitation purposes. Food packets and ration have been distributed in the affected areas as the situation worsens day by day in Joshimath holy town.
However, Yogendra Singh, CEO of Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee said that so far Narsingh Temple, the winter abode of Lord Badrinath is safe and there is no report of land subsidence in the location.
The seven member committee consists of experts from NDMM, NIDM, IIT Roorkee, Wadia Institute, National Institute of Hydrology and Geological Survey of India.
Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath, is a city and a municipal board in Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Located at a height of 6150 feet (1875 m), it is a gateway to several Himalayan mountain climbing expeditions, trekking trails and pilgrim centres like Badrinath. It is home to one of the four cardinal pīthas established by Adi Shankara. Since 7 February 2021, the area was severely affected by the 2021 Uttarakhand flood and its aftermath. The town is confirmed to be sinking due to its geographic location being along a running ridge. Structures around the town developed cracks and town people had to be evacuated.
Religious significance –
Jyotirmath is the uttarāmnāya matha, or northern monastery, one of the four cardinal institutions established by Adi Shankara, the others being those at Sringeri, Puri and Dwarka. Their heads are titled “Shankaracharya”. According to the tradition initiated by Adi Shankara, this matha is in charge of the Atharvaveda. Jyotirmath is close to the pilgrimage town of Badrinath. This place can be a base station for travellers going to Guru Gobind Ghat or the Valley of Flowers National Park. The temple Narasimha, is enshrined Badrinarayan along with a pantheon of deities. The presiding deity Lord Narasimha is believed to have been established by Adi Sankara. It is one of the “Divya Desams”, the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 Tamil poet-saints or Alvars, and god and goddess are known as Parimalavalli sametha Paramapurusha Perumal .
Joshimath Cantonment is one of the important military stations of the Indian Army, present in Uttarakhand. It is the permanent station of “The Garhwal Scouts”, the scout battalion of the Garhwal Rifles. It is the closest army station to the Indo-Tibetan Border. It was used as a base camp for the rescue of the victims of 2013 Kedarnath Floods.