Vaishno Devi, Amarnath can bring Joshimath-like disaster in IIOJK: Mehbooba

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti has slammed the Modi government for its recklessness in not limiting number of pilgrims and extending roads in Indian illegally Jammu and Kashmir, warning that Amarnath and Vaishno Devi can face a Joshimath-like situation, a reference to the sinking Indian city in Uttarakhand due to environmental factors.

Mehbooba in a series of tweets said, “Joshimath is just the tip of the iceberg. In similar ecologically fragile states like J&K, Amarnath and Vaishno Devi are environmental disasters in waiting. India’s sheer recklessness to not limit the number of pilgrims and extend roads right into these spots will cause havoc”.

She said the destruction due to land subsidence in Joshimath has not served as a wake-up call for the Indian gov-ernment.

“Sadly the destruction that sank Joshimath hasn’t served as a wake-up call for Indian government. They lack vision and can only flare communal tensions to divert public attention from their failures,” she charged.

Joshimath, the gateway to famous pilgrimage sites like Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib and international skiing destination Auli, is facing a major challenge due to land subsidence.—KMS