Two hotels in Joshimath City are starting to be demolished

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Joshimath: The district administration began demolishing the two hotels on Badrinath Road on Thursday after much lobbying, drama, and politics. The administration decided to demolish these hotels under the disaster management legislation since they are the worst-affected buildings in the city and are situated in a very precarious manner.

Leading the demolition operation are members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). The administration would need at least seven days to complete the work of tearing down these decaying buildings. After the proprietors of these motels departed with their possessions on Thursday, the demolition procedure began. Prior to the start of the demolition procedure on Thursday, all traffic on the Badrinath highway was suspended. The crane first dismantled an electric pole from close to the hotel Malari Inn before removing the generators from both hotels. The operation’s team also dismounted the water tanks at both of these hotels.

The buildings are being demolished under the supervision of a team of experts from the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, who are using a non-blast technique.

The two hotels would be demolished over the course of around seven days, according to the Inspector General (IG) of Police for the Garhwal range, Karan Singh Nagnyal, who was present at the scene with his squad.

It is important to note that 128 structures in Joshimath city have been deemed hazardous by the state, and a total of 760 buildings have developed cracks. 169 families in total have already been relocated to safer areas.

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