January 15, 2023 – The danger of landslide in Joshimath is not over yet. Gradually more hotels are also coming under its purview. Like Hotel Malari Inn and Mount View, the Snow Crest and Comet hotels on the way to the ropeway have also been obliterated by the landslide. Both owners have started vacating their hotels. On the other hand, cracks appeared in 22 more buildings in the city area on Saturday. The number of such facilities has now increased to 782.
Devesh Kunwar, the owner of Comet Hotel, says that hotels have started sticking together. Keeping in view the security, shifting the hotel’s belongings to safer places has already begun, and noted that its information has also been given to the administration.
Pooja Prajapati, the owner of Snow Crest Hotel, says that the hotel has been operating since 2007. From last year till now the work of improving the hotel is being done, about one and a half crore rupees were spent on it. However, the hotel has started tilting due to landslides, due to which the work of shifting the goods has also been created.
Here, even after giving information, the local administration only inspected the hotels on Saturday evenings. However, soon in the evening, Joint Magistrate Deepak Saini and his team inspected the spot. They will submit their report to the District Magistrate on Sunday.
Secretary of Disaster Management Dr. Ranjit Sinha said that so far, 782 buildings have been identified in which cracks have come. Twenty-two buildings were placed on Saturday. He informed that one ward in Gandhinagar, two in Singhdhar, five in Manoharbagh, and seven in Sunil had been declared unsafe.
In these wards, 148 buildings are located in unsafe areas. From here, 223 families have been temporarily displaced for security reasons, while the number of displaced family members is 754.
Secretary Disaster Management informed that while increasing the capacity of the relief camps, arrangements have been made to temporarily accommodate 2,190 people in 615 rooms in Joshimath, while in Pipalkoti, arrangements have been made to accommodate 2,205 people in 491 rooms.