Joshimath Subsidence Due To Missing Ponds Who Either Dried Up Now Or Upon Constructed

News Nation Bureau , Edited By: Nihar Saxena , Updated on: 22 Jan 2023, 10:21:45 AM

The water of the ponds is pouring cracks in an attempt to get out. (Photo Credit: News Nation)


  • At least five ponds of Joshimath dried up or were built on them
  • Their water must have become the reason for the cracks in the buildings, which was also seeping outside.
  • 863 buildings with cracks identified in Joshimath, 181 extremely unsafe


Residents of Joshimath say that a few decades ago, at least five ponds visible in front of the eyes in and around this area have either dried up or have been constructed over them. The water from these ponds can be a major cause of cracks and corrosion in houses and other structures. Old timers recollect how the city was once littered with many water sources including these ponds. They say that the beginning of several construction activities had started the process of shrinking of the water bodies. Meanwhile, the local administration in Joshimath has identified 863 buildings which have developed cracks due to subsidence. Of these, 181 buildings have been declared unsafe.

The water of the disappearing ponds is pouring cracks in an attempt to get out
Recalling the old times, Rameshwari Sati, a resident of the town, says, ‘Today where ITBP area or other people reside, there was once Sunil Kund and Savi area which had three kunds. Till the 1960s, we used to go for a walk in those areas and used to take water from these ponds, but now all of them have been constructed in one way or the other. We feel that the water is still below and trying to get out, possibly that is why the buildings are getting cracks. Shanti Chauhan, another old age said, ‘There were three ponds one after the other, whose name was Tirchuli. They have disappeared now. After this, there was Chatra Kund, which used to go till Gaunkh Gadera, which has now disappeared. Sunil Kund and Unil Tal have also disappeared.

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Geologists also have a similar opinion
According to the information received from the local residents, there was Sunil Kund at a height between Auli and Joshimath. Today cracks are visible in the houses of Kund area. After this, the same situation is in Manohar Bagh and other badly affected areas. Geologist MPS Bisht told, ‘These natural water sources are interconnected. Only after the recharge of the areas located near the grasslands, the water will definitely flow out of the other areas. There is a complex water system under the surface of Joshimath and it is because of the tremendous obstruction in their path that water is coming out from there by creating cracks in the buildings.

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First Published : 22 Jan 2023, 10:20:20 AM

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