Over 800 buildings have developed cracks and the town of Joshimath rapidly sinking, 5.4 cm in 12 days, as reported by ISRO the report. The report has been abruptly deleted by the organization. The question of transportation and connectivity arises since Joshimath is the town that connects places like Badrinath and Valley of Flowers. That is to say, it is the gateway to these places.
Locals predict that in the future, Joshimath will no longer be able to provide access to the Badrinath shrine. According to an old prophecy made by Adi Shankaracharya, the Narasimha deity arm in Joshimath will get thinner every year. The Himalayas will fall and the current Badrinath will be lost when the arm of the Narasimha god in Joshimath breaks. At Bhavishya Badri, a new Badrinath will be situated.
It is reasonable to assume that Badrinath, the Valley of Flowers, and other locations like these will remain inaccessible for a considerable amount of time. Although, scientists and geologists have not offered their thoughts on the matter.
Char Dham Project
Also, concerns over the Char Dham Yatra have been raised by pilgrims. The yatra is set to start in four months and the base point of Badrinath is Joshimath.
The Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami on this matter stated that ‘65-70% people in Joshimath are leading a normal life and the Char Dham Yatra will start after four months.’
Authorities are constructing a bypass to Badrinath as part of the all-weather Char Dham road project. It begins in Helmand, around 9 kilometers before Joshimath, and ends at Marwadi Road. The by-pass construction has been halted due to unrest and protests in Joshimath. Hence, it is possible that the project will not be finished in time for the yatra to begin.
This project is carried out by the Ministry of Roads Transport & Highways and aims to improve connectivity between the set of four pilgrim sites- Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath. Activists have been blaming Char Dham Project and the Tapovan power plant for contributing to land subsidence in Joshimath.
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