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Apex Court Orders keeping the width of Char Dham Highway at 5.5 m [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 11 Sep 2020 10:55pm

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After receiving the High-Powered Committee report the Supreme Court of India on 8th September 2020 ordered to keep the width of Char Dham Highway at 5.5 m. The Supreme Court said that the authorities should abide by the 2018 circular of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and should keep the width of the highway at 5.5 m. The decision was taken by a three-judge bench comprising of Justice. Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice. Navin Shah, Justice. Indira Banerjee. Justice. Nariman also said, “that 2018 circular will alone apply”. The HPC which was constituted by the Supreme Court on 8th August 2020 with the chairman of the committee as Prof. Ravi Chopra came to conclusion where a majority of 13 members were in favor of applying the MORTH circular of 2012 whereas minority-five members, including the Chairman, were in support of applying the MORTH 2018 circular. 

Supreme Court reached this conclusion in the case of Citizens for Green Doon & Ors. Versus Union of India & Ors. From the side of the appellant, Mr. Sanjay Parikh appeared whereas from the respondents' side, learned Solicitor General of India, Mr. Tushar Mehta appeared. 

Mr. Tushar Mehta argued that 2018 circular is prospective in nature and the decision of the highway was taken before, hence it cannot be applied, he also added that “It is necessary to take stock of the current situations and then move forward”. He also contended that the 2012 circular to be applied according to which the width should be kept at… Continue Reading...


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