By Ashutosh Shukla

Joshimath: The sacred , religious holy place Joshimath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is sinking 85 mm every year, according to the experts trying to find out the reason behind the sinking land.

The official document however says that the sinking of the land of Joshimath is not a new phenomenon but it began more than fifty years back.

A senior scientist  Dr Swapnimita of Dehradun based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, also member of the expert team constituted by the state government to study the problem faced by Joshimath, confirmed about the sinking rate of the sacred place, Joshimath by 85 mm per year. It was detected during a satellite survey of the area.

According to her Himalaya, since its inception was sinking by about 40 mm every year. She emphasised for a fresh survey of the Joshimath area for better assessment of the prevailing situation.

It may be recalled that the committee constituted on April 8, 1976 under the leadership of the then Divisional Commissioner of Garhwal Mahesh Chandra Mishra conducted extensive study on the impact of flood in river Alaknanda in Joshimath and adjoining areas.

The committee had recommended to establish an effective system in Joshimath to drain out water and make arrangements to check erosion from Alaknanda river.