Uttarakhand to probe NTPC's role in Joshimath sinking

The Uttarakhand government has said it will investigate the cause of Joshimath's sinking, and power firm NTPC's role in this will also be examined.

Uttarakhand to probe NTPC's role in Joshimath sinking

The Uttarakhand government will investigate whether NTPC's underground tunnel work was also responsible for land subsidence that caused cracks to develop in an already 'sinking' Joshimath.Eight institutes will investigate the cause of the landslides in Joshimath.Cracks appeared everywhere, including on houses, hotels, and defence buildings after landslides. The town is sinking every hour, and rampant construction activities in and around the unstable land are one of the possible reasons why it is sinking. 

NTPC's tunnel work has been paused as of now, but the government will probe whether it was responsible for this crisis.In the past, environmental activists had flagged that the use of explosives in tunnel work and not tunnel boring machines could cause landslides in Joshimath.Due to land subsidence in the Joshimath, over 720 buildings have been identified that developed cracks, and thousands have already been relocated. The unsafe structures have been marked red and will be demolished. The demolition works have already begun in the economically fragile region.