Joshimath case reached PMO, high-level meeting today under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary PK Mishra
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has called a high-level meeting today to discuss the developments taking place in the sinking city of Joshimath in Uttarakhand. The District Magistrate of Joshimath and senior officers of Uttarakhand will also be present in the meeting to be held through video conference.
PMO to hold high-level meet on Joshimath crisis: The matter of land subsidence in Joshimath, Uttarakhand has reached the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). The PMO has called a high-level meeting today to discuss the developments taking place in the sinking city of Joshimath. PK Mishra, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will hold a high-level review meeting with the Cabinet Secretary and senior government officials and members of the National Disaster Management Authority.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Principal Secretary PK regarding the matter of landslide in Dharmanagari Joshimath. Under the chairmanship of Mishra, the PMO is going to get bigger. The issue of Joshimath will be discussed in this meeting. The District Magistrate of Joshimath and senior officers of Uttarakhand will also be present in the meeting to be held through video conference.
Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand government has released an additional amount of Rs 11 crore to Chamoli for security and rescue operations. Joshimath is the gateway to famous pilgrimage sites like Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib. It is known to be the place where Adi Guru Shankaracharya did penance centuries ago. The Central Government has constituted a panel to conduct a quick study of the landslide incident and its impact on Joshimath.
Shankaracharya of Jyotish Peeth Swami Avimukteshwaranand Maharaj has filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court in this matter. Shankaracharya has reached Dharmanagari to show solidarity with the people of Joshimath.
The biggest reason for the sinking of Joshimath is the geography of the town. The landslide debris on which the city was founded has a low bearing capacity and experts have long warned that it cannot support the high rate of construction. The increase in construction, hydroelectric projects and the widening of the National Highway have made the slopes highly unstable over the past few decades.