Dehradun: In the wake of a land-subsidence crisis in Joshimath, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Friday said that 99 families from the area have been dislocated so far and Rs 1.5 lakh ex gratia is being provided to the affected families.
The chief minister said that Rs 1.50 lakhs are being given immediately as interim assistance to all those whose houses, shops and businesses have been affected.
Earlier on Friday, Dhami held a cabinet meeting in Dehradun in which key decisions for the area were discussed. Former Union Minister Uma Bharti also met Dhami and discussed the security arrangements made for the affected families in Joshimath. The meeting was held at the residence of CM Dhami.
Dhami also said that no houses have been demolished so far and a survey team is present on-site to assess the situation, “We have not demolished any houses so far and survey team is present over there.”
Dhami also chaired a meeting with all stakeholders on the Joshimath land subsidence issue on Thursday.
During the meeting, he interacted with the Army, ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police), NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and scientists from various establishments engaged in landslide investigation, district administration, police and district-level officers associated with essential services at Sunil ITBP camp.
The CM said that the safety of the citizens is our biggest responsibility. He instructed everyone to ensure all arrangements for the safety of the people, a release from the chief minister’s office said.
The CM also interacted with the scientists of various establishments engaged in the investigation of landslides and inquired about the ongoing studies and research into the causes of landslides in Joshimath. During the meeting, scientists informed the chief minister about the investigation so far.
(With Agency Inputs)