Cracks appear in brigade HQ, jawans shifted | India News


DEHRADUN: The Army on Thursday said that “around 25 to 28 buildings inside the brigade headquarters in Joshimath, an important staging area for forward posts along the India-China border, have witnessed minor cracks”.
This was disclosed by Army chief General Manoj Pande during the annual Army Day press conference in New Delhi. He also said that some jawans in the unit had been relocated to near -by locations.
“If needed, they would be permanently shifted to Auli,”he said. In Auli, the Army has a dental hospital and additional infrastructure. The Army chief was also quoted in a few reports by news agencies as saying that “over 20 military installations around Joshimath have developed medium to minor damage”.
Speaking about the cracks reported on the road connecting Joshimath to Mana and work on the Helang bypass, he said that “the situation in Joshimath and stopping of work on the bypass road has not affected the Army’s operational readiness and accessibility to forward areas”.
Gen Pande said that the Army was working closely with the civil administration and was offering all possible help. Meanwhile, the secretary of the state disaster management department said that Army and government helicopters were on standby for relief and rescue operations.


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