Joshimath land subsidence: Protests stall demolition of 2 hotels; 86 houses found ‘unsafe’

According to latest data available with the Chamoli district administration, cracks have been reported in 723 houses, while 86 houses have been identified as unsafe so far.

WHILE 86 houses have been identified as “unsafe” so far — all marked with red ‘X’ marks — the first phase of demolitions is focussing on two hotels which are among the worst hit by the land subsidence in Joshimath.

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Deep cracks on the ground have caused one of the hotels (Malari Inn) to be almost separated from its foundation, as a result of which it has tilted towards the other hotel (Hotel Mount View).

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A team of the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), which has been roped in for the demolition, conducted a survey of the two hotels on Tuesday. While the demolition work was set to begin in the evening, the owner of Malari Inn and some residents held protests, stopping the CBRI and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel from entering the hotel.

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