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Char Dham Road Project: Centre opposes petitioner's request for adjournment, SC to hear the matter on Friday, May 14, 2021

Lawstreet Journal 15 May 2021 3:08am

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In the Char Dham road project matter, the Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, asked for a convenience compilation of the relevant previous orders of the Court, with a view to ascertain if there has been any interim stay on construction. 

The order came when a request for 3 weeks' adjournment of the hearing was made by Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, who appears for the petitioner-organisation 'Citizens for Green Doon', and SG Tushar Mehta vehemently opposed the same.

The bench comprised of Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari hearing the matter. The bench will now take it up on Friday, May 14, 2021 after ascertaining the position as regards the order of September 8, 2020, which requires the road to have a width of 5.5 m per the 2018 notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and the subsequent amendment of the circular in 2020 to provide for a width of effectively 10 m, and if there is any interim stay.

At the outset, the Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, for the petitioner-organisation, sought an adjournment of the matter by 3 weeks. "The parties are quarantined in Uttarkashi. My office is also affected by COVID. We have been caught amid a lockdown and the papers needed to finalise the written submissions are stuck. People need time to recover", he advanced.

Opposing this request for adjournment, SG Tushar Mehta argued, "Whenever and wherever it is convenient, Mr. Gonsalves has been filing replies, written submissions. My objection is to the use of COVID in some… Continue Reading...

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