JOSHIMATH, Feb. 20, 2023 (TBINN)

It is being said that some 10 more sizable cracks have been discovered on the Badrinath Motorway close to Joshimath shortly after the Uttarakhand Government announced starting of Chaar Dham Yatra 2023.

Badrinath Shrine town, one of the busiest pilgrimage destinations in the Garhwal Himalayas, is connected to the highway. Locals claim that a 10 kilometer stretch between Joshimath and Marwari has developed cracks.

Cracks are prominent on the stretch of highway in front of State Bank of India’s branch, near Railway Guest House, ahead of Jaypee Colony and near Marwari Bridge, residents informed.

Small part of the highway has also subsided near zero bend in Ravigram Municipal Ward of the subsidence-hit hill town, as per local residents of Joshimath. Moreover, the cracks on the highway which were earlier filled with cement by the Border Roads Organisation (B.R.O.) have started to resurface.

However, local administration said that they were examining the cracks and it will not be a cause for concern. The concerns are mainly focused on the state of affairs once there is heavy traffic in this region with Chaar Dham Yaatra. While the land is already sinking beneath the feet of the holy shrine right now, when the season is not heavy, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims coming in once Chaar Dham Yaatra begins might can turn out to be a disaster.

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