After ISRO Shared Satellite Images Of Sinking Joshimath, A Gag Order


New Delhi:

A day after the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) released a report that Uttarakhand’s Joshimath has sunk 5.4 cm rapidly in 12 days. The National Disaster Management Authority has barred government institutions from interacting. With the media and sharing land-related data on social media. Downing said the companies’ “own interpretation” of the data was creating confusion.
“It is observed that various government institutions are publishing information related to the issue on social media platforms. And they are contacting the media with their own interpretation of the situation. This is creating confusion not only among the affected residents but also among the citizens of the country,” the NDMA letter said. The issue was raised during a meeting chaired by the Union Home Minister on January 12.

Noting that an expert team has been formed to assess the ground quality in Joshimath. The disaster management agency has asked several organizations, including ISRO. To “sensitize their organizations” on the matter. And refrain from posting anything on social media platforms till the final report. The expert team is released by it.

Satellite images taken by the Cartosat-2S satellite and released by ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Center. Show that Joshimath sank 5.4 cm between December 27 and January 8.

“A rapid subsidence event on January 2, 2023 caused extensive ground subsidence,” the report quoted eyewitnesses as saying.

Joshimath, considered a holy city as the gateway to Hindu and Sikh temples, suffered deep cracks in its buildings in December last year, prompting panic and prompt rescue operations. About 4,000 families have been evacuated following a satellite survey.

For years, environmentalists. And locals have been warning about indiscriminate construction in sensitive towns like Joshimath. Ignoring many such calls, the government widened roads. And built dams and power plants, while allowing hotels and high-rise buildings to mushroom.

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