Lake formed near Raini village in Joshimath being monitored: Uttarakhand CM
A lake that has formed near Raini village in Joshimath after the glacier burst that caused massive destruction in the state is being monitored, said Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Friday.
"We've information about a lake that has been formed near Raini village in Joshimath. The lake is being monitored through satellites. Right now, we need to be cautious, but there is nothing to be worried about. It is about 400 meters wide. We do not know the depth. A team of scientists will visit the site to keep a check on it. They will air-dropped on the site for 3-4 hours through a helicopter and will submit a report. The Air Force is ready for this," Rawat told media here.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the Uttarakhand glacier burst incident reached 37 after one more body was recovered from the riverbank near Maithana village on Friday.
The rescue operations that were temporarily halted following a rise in the level of water in the Rishiganga River yesterday will also be resumed today, said Uttarakhand Director-General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar.
"The rescue team will resume the drilling operation in the Tapovan tunnel to gain entry into a smaller tunnel which is 12 meters below the existing tunnel as there is a possibility of human presence there," he said.
"Out of the bodies, 10 have been identified. Last rites will be performed for the unidentified bodies after preserving their DNA," he added.
Meanwhile, the government has started the distribution of ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives due to the glacial burst in Chamoli.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel are distributing rations and essential items in Suki, Lata and Bhalgaun villages that were cut off due to a flash flood in Dhauli Ganga.
A glacier broke in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand on Sunday, which led to massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers and damaged houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.
To check congestion following the recent bomb scare incident, Pune railway authorities have increased platform ticket rate from ₹10 to ₹30, starting from May 18. Readers suggest preventive measures at railway premises. Move will check crowding The rise of Pune railway station platform ticket price from ₹10 to ₹30 will make it expensive for passengers. Many people, including passengers, do not even purchase platform tickets.
The decade-old trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi - to decentralise urban local governance in the national capital - came to an end Sunday with a unified MCD formally taking charge. A 1992 batch IAS officer, Ashwini Kumar will be the top authority handling the civic affairs till a new House is elected. "Those working on deputation will be repatriated to their parent departments to accommodate employees in the unified MCD," an official told PTI.
The Maharashtra government on Sunday reduced Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel by ₹2.08 per litre and ₹1.44 per litre respectively. The reduction will be implemented with immediate effect, the Maharashtra government statement added. The Maharashtra government's move comes a day after the Centre reduced the excise duties on petrol and diesel by ₹8 and ₹6 per litre respectively.
The portals of Hemkund Sahib, one of the most revered shrines of the Sikh community, opened for devotees amid religious chants on Sunday Morning in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The Hemkund Sahib Yatra was affected due to the Covid 19 pandemic for the past two years but this time it is starting with a cap on the daily pilgrim influx. Last year, over 10,000 pilgrims visited the shrine compared to around 8,500 in 2020.
'Too much deadly gas… Do not light match, candle or anything… Be careful… hazardous gas' - words of warning found on an alleged suicide note (one of three) in Delhi's Vasant Vihar on Saturday evening, where a 55-year-old woman and hManju'stwo daughters were found dead in a chilling incident. There were also three small, scented candles. Police have said further inquiries are underway. Hindustan Times cannot independently verify these details at this time.