Joshimath crisis: Locals fearful as new cracks develop in houses

Chamoli District Magistrate Himanshu Khurana said that the size of the old cracks had increased in the houses where crack meters were installed.

Published: 09th February 2023 04:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2023 04:12 PM   |  A+A-


SDRF personnel demolish the Malari Inn hotel, which was marked unsafe in the land subsidence affected area, in Joshimath. (Photo | PTI)


JOSHIMATH: Residents of Uttarakhand's Joshimath are living in a state of fear as five more houses have developed minor cracks along with the widening and increasing number of cracks in residential buildings already affected by land subsidence in the city.

Chamoli District Magistrate Himanshu Khurana reached the area and inspected the houses on Wednesday.

Khurana, on Thursday, said that the size of the old cracks had increased in the houses where crack meters were installed.

Cracks had also developed in the fields in Manohar Bagh ward in January. Suraj Kaparwan, an owner of one of the affected fields, said that the administration had filled the cracks with soil and plastic.

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The development of new cracks in the holy city stopped after January 20 but has started again, adding to the worries of the locals and the administration.

Along with this, cracks in the houses of Manohar Bagh and Singhdhar ward have widened.

Locals have also been worried about the sudden drying up of a natural stream that had been flowing for the past several years in Joshimath's Singhdhar ward.


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