DEHRADUN: Chamoli district magistrate Himanshu Khuranna said on Thursday that suggestions and opinions of residents will be taken into account before deciding on permanent rehabilitation of displaced families in Joshimath.
“Our intention is to take residents into confidence throughout the rehabilitation process. Their views will be used to decide probable places where a new Joshimath can be established,” the DM said.

65-70 percent in Joshimath leading 'normal lives': Pushkar Singh Dhami

65-70 percent in Joshimath leading ‘normal lives’: Pushkar Singh Dhami

The statement came after CM Pushkar Singh Dhami asked the DM to hand in a report on rehabilitation plans to the government at the earliest.

Earlier in the day, the CM, after returning from his meeting with home minister Amit Shah in Delhi, held a discussion on Joshimath with state officers at the secretariat, asking them to be prepared to start treatment work and rehabilitation immediately after experts submit their report on what is causing the land subsidence and what needs to be done to prevent it.
“We need to be prepared so that we can immediately act upon the suggestions rather than wasting precious time,” the CM said.

He added, that “better facilities will be ensured for people who are shifted to other locations.” The CM also asked officials to prepare an elaborate action plan for cities and towns which lack drainage and sewerage systems, so that “what happened in Joshimath doesn’t happen in any other area.”

Secretary of disaster management, Ranjit Kumar Sinha, said at the meeting that according to a preliminary report of the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), the water seeping into Joshimath, destabilising its foundation, is different from the tunnel water of NTPC.
Sinha added that the situation will become clear once final reports of the NIH and other central agencies working at the site are received.
Sinha also said that 258 families of the landslide-affected areas of Joshimath have been accommodated in relief camps and that water discharge and silt in the affected areas have reduced considerably.

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