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Locals Protest Against Slow Pace of Efforts to Save Town

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Locals Protest Against Slow Pace of Efforts to Save Town

Last Updated: January 27, 2023, 23:47 IST

Locals allege that the digging of a 12-km tunnel for the National Thermal Power Corporation's 520 MW Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric project exacerbated the subsidence in Joshimath (File Photo: PTI)

Locals allege that the digging of a 12-km tunnel for the National Thermal Power Corporation’s 520 MW Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric venture exacerbated the subsidence in Joshimath (File Photo: PTI)

The protesters raised slogans as they took out the rally from the Tapovan taxi stand, crossed by means of the primary highway and gathered on the Ved Vedang floor in Singhdhar ward

Hundreds of affected folks descended on the streets of subsidence-hit Joshimath on Friday to participate in a protest rally towards alleged sluggish tempo of efforts to save the sinking city.

The Joshimath Bachao Sangharsh Samiti had given the decision for the rally to press for calls for of everlasting rehabilitation and compensation to affected households.

“The urgency obligatory to save Joshimath remains to be lacking. Permanent rehabilitation and compensation on the strains of Badrinath and the scrapping of the NTPC venture for good are some of the problems which stay unresolved,” Joshimath Bachao Sangharsh Samiti spokesperson Kamal Raturi said.

The protesters raised slogans as they took out the rally from the Tapovan taxi stand, crossed through the main road and gathered at the Ved Vedang ground in Singhdhar ward.

Local people allege that the digging of a 12-km tunnel for the National Thermal Power Corporation’s 520 MW Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric project exacerbated the subsidence in Joshimath. The NTPC has denied any link between the project and the subsidence, saying the tunnel is over a kilometre under the ground and not below Joshimath.

Briefing the media on the relief efforts underway in Joshimath, Secretary, Disaster Management, Ranjit Kumar Sinha said the number of houses that have developed cracks stands at 863, while the water discharge in the JP colony area has reduced to 171 LPM.

Around 250 families have been evacuated to temporary relief centres and Rs 3.36 crore distributed among the affected people as interim relief, he said.

Construction of model pre-fabricated shelters continues on the land of the horticulture department in Joshimath, Sinha said, adding it is likely to be completed soon.

Land development work is also in progress for pre-fabricated transition centres in Dhak village of Chamoli district.

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