Cong demands special packages from Union and State govts for Joshimath

Friday, 20 January 2023 | PNS | DEHRADUN/JOSHIMATH

The Congress party has demanded that the Union and State governments should give special packages for relief and rehabilitation for the disaster affected Joshimath city. On Thursday the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Karan Mahara, the in charge of Uttarakhand Congress Devendra Yadav, the leader of opposition (LoP) in State assembly Yashpal Arya, former PCC president Ganesh Godiyal, Badrinath MLA Rajendra Bhandari and other leaders of the party visited Joshimath city affected by continued land subsidence and  met the affected families. The Congress leaders inspected the relief operations and held interactions with the geologists, environmentalists and officers of administration during the visit.

Yadav said that the current situation in Joshimath is quite scary. Expressing concern on the disaster perpetuated by the land subsidence, he said that immediate steps to preserve the city that has historical and religious significance should be taken. Yadav said that union and State governments should expedite the relief operations. 

 Exhorting the workers of Congress party to provide every possible help to the affected families of Joshimath, the PCC president Mahara said that the party is with the families in this hour of crisis. He said that the measures undertaken by the government are inadequate due to which people are facing problems.

 The LoP Yashpal Arya said that the government should have taken the Joshimath disaster seriously and the major constructions and digging of tunnels in the area should have been halted as per the suggestions of experts. He said that the government remained aloof and insensitive even as the geologists had given warning on Joshimath.

 The Congress leaders also visited the Karnprayag and Gopeshwar towns to take stock of the damage caused by land subsidence there. They met 36 families of Bahuguna Nagar of Karnprayag affected by land subsidence.

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