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Troops Relocated From Joshimath On Safety Grounds, Says Gen. Manoj Pande

The precise number of troops has not been revealed yet, however more than 20 military installations has sustained medium to minor damage

Troops Relocated From Joshimath On Safety Grounds, Says Gen. Manoj Pande

Sentinel Digital Desk

DEHRADUN: Army Chief Manoj Pande informed that based on the grounds of safety, India has relocated few troops from Joshimath.

The precise number of troops has not been revealed yet. However, more than 20 military installations around the sinking Joshimath has sustained medium to minor damage, added Gen. Pande.

The army chief announced this while speaking at the annual address of the state of the army's operation. If needed, more units will shifted, he added.

The gateway to scenic mountains and religious site like Badrinath has witnessed frequent infrastructural growth and massive tourists from across the globe. This has resulted in disturbing the ecosystem and gave rise to landslide and flash floods.

The little town faced destructive cracks in more than 600 residential spots. Supreme Court has announced to hear a petition put forward by the religious leaders of the region on 16th of January, 2023. The petition appeals for putting a pause or stop the construction activities of the hydroelectric project.

The leaders view the ongoing construction as a threat to the city. The latest crisis has erupted in a debate around the town regarding environment versus decade old development.

Rescue operations to provide safety to the affected families are in process. Meanwhile, the lawsuit in the top court has demanded to stop the construction work in the hydroelectric project by NTPC Ltd. The tasks should be only continued after proper examination by an approved panel of geologists, hydrologists and engineers, it is said.

The Uttarakhand CM's office on Thursday announced that, Rs 45 crore has been sanctioned by the administration for rehabilitation of the victims in Joshimath crisis. A committee involving 11 members was formed to immediately distribute for the interim relief of victims.

Uttarakhand CM further stated that, the statement that the entire Joshimath is sinking is completely false. CM Dhami mentioned that 20-25 percent houses in Joshimath got affected by the landslide and not the entire town.

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