On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear a petition asking the court to intervene in declaring the Joshimath issue a national calamity.
According to the January 16 cause list, a bench consisting of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala will hear the petition filed by Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati.
Joshimath, the entrance to main pilgrimage sites like Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib, as well as the worldwide skiing resort Auli, is facing a massive issue due to ground subsidence.
Joshimath is gradually sinking, with massive fractures appearing in buildings, roads, and farms. Locals claim that many houses have shifted and are falling.
On January 10, the Supreme Court denied an urgent hearing on the petition, stating that there are “democratically elected institutions” to deal with the crisis and that all critical matters need not be brought before it.
Saraswati’s plea was set to be heard on January 16.
According to Chamoli DM, a resettlement package is being developed for victims.
“Everything significant does not have to come to us.” There are democratically elected institutions that will investigate it. “We shall list it on January 16,” the CJI declared after the petitioner’s counsel noted the plea and requested an expedited listing.
The petitioner claimed that the catastrophe occurred due to widespread industrialization and requested immediate financial aid and compensation for the people of Uttarakhand.
The petition further requested that the National Disaster Management Authority actively assist the citizens of Joshimath during these difficult times.
“No progress is required at the expense of human life and their ecosystem, and if this occurs, it is the duty of the State and Union governments to halt it immediately at the war level,” the Seer pleaded.