SC asks lawyer to mention the matter on Tuesday the plea seeking court’s intervention on Joshimath sinking issue

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the advocate to mention on Tuesday a plea seeking immediate intervention of the top court to assist the reparation work of Uttarakhand and to provide urgent relief to the people of Joshimath facing extremities and danger totheir life and property.
A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha asked the lawyer, who sought urgent hearing of the plea, to mention the matter tomorrow following the due procedure.
The plea was filed by a religious leader, Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati, seeking direction to declare the current incidents of land sliding, subsidence, land sinking, land burst and cracks in the land and properties as National disaster and direct the National Disaster Management Authority to actively support the residents of Joshimath in this tough time.
Cracks have appeared in hundreds of houses of Joshimath, the gateway to some renowned pilgrimage sites like Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib, it said.
The petition sought to provide immediate financial assistance and compensation to the people of Uttarakhand loosing their houses and lands on account of land sliding, land sinking, subsidence and cracking of houses and properties.
“In the name of and/or for the cause of development the respondents have no right to push the people in the mouth of death and the religious sacred town in extinction and thereby infringe the fundamental right of the people of the Joshimath including hte petitioner as wel as inmates of his Monastery guaranteed under article 21, 25 and 26 of the Constitution of India,” it stated.
The entire mess of environmental ecological and geological disturbances occurred due to large scale manly intervention in the form of Industrialisation, urbanisation and destruction of natural resources by the Union and State government in the State of Uttarakhand, the petition said.
It further said, “No development is needed at the cost of human life and their ecosystem and if anything such is happening it is the duty of the State and Union government to stop the same immediately at war level.”


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