NEW DELHI/DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami will hold a cabinet meeting today and may announce important decisions on the sinking town of Joshimath in the Chamoli district.
In a meeting on Thursday, the Chief Minister interacted with scientists of the Army, ITBP, NDRF and various agencies involved in landslide investigation, district administration, police and district-level officials involved in core services at Sunil ITBP camp.
Meanwhile, the National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Hyderabad has released satellite images showing severe land subsidence in the town of Joshimath.
Cartosat-2S satellite images show that the entire city, including the military helipad and temple, has been designated as a sensitive area.
According to Isro’s initial report, the subsidence was slow in April-November 2022, when the city sank 8.9 cm.
However, between December 27, 2022, and January 8, 2023, the extent of land subsidence increased exponentially, causing the city to sink another 5.4 cm in just 12 days.
The Uttarakhand government is already conducting rescue operations in dangerous areas and shifting residents to safer places on priority. Satellite images also show that the Joshimath-Aul road is in danger of collapsing due to land subsidence.
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