Are Indian construction projects sinking one of its holiest towns?
Omar Elwafaii

Around 600 buildings, hotels, and homes are cracking and sinking in one of the holiest towns in the Indian Himalayas.

Joshimath is a major gateway to a number of important religious sites in the Himalayas, attracting thousands of pilgrims every year, but residents say the construction of a nearby hydroelectric project is killing their town.

They blame the excessive development of roads and tunnels for eroding the foundation under and around the town.

Indian Prime Minister Modi has called a high-level meeting to discuss the problem.

Around 600 houses and hotels are already sinking in the town of around 20,000 people, and many have already fled.

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