Hotel owners ask Joshimath disaster-hit people to vacate rooms by March 31

People, who were shifted to hotels by the administration due to cracks in houses in Joshimath have been asked to vacate rooms now

Joshimath: People, who were shifted to hotels by the administration after cracks developed in houses due to land subsidence in Joshimath of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, have now been asked by hotel owners to vacate their hotel rooms by March 31.

The “ultimatum” by hotel owners has been issued in view of the forthcoming Yatra season for Chardham pilgrimage in the state.

The administration, however, has said that it has written to the government for extending the “deadline” for keeping the affected people in hotels. To which, the government is yet to respond.

In the first week of January, people were displaced in hotels, dharamshalas and rented houses after the land submergence increased in Joshimath. In hotels, the government is paying a rent of Rs 950 for a room. Those who are living in rented houses are being given five thousand rupees. There are 694 members of 181 families staying in various hotels, dharamshalas in Joshimath Municipality area. Arrangements have also been made for their food and drink

The government had made arrangements for the disaster-affected people to stay in hotels till March 31. As the last date nears, hotel owners have started asking the affected to vacate the rooms.

(Input from IANS)

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