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Char Dham Road Project: Petitions to be listed in last week of January, 2021 as ordered by SC

Lawstreet Journal 19 Jan 2021 1:18am

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On Monday, i.e. 18.01.2021, the Supreme Court listed the Char Dham Yatra road project for hearing on a Non-Miscellaneous Day in the last week of January.

A three judge bench comprising of Justices Nariman, Sinha and Indira Banerjee, taking into consideration the current situation with regard to the eco system and fragility of the mountain terrains passed an interim order to keep the Char Dham road width at 5.5m. 

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When Justice R.F. Nariman was informed of the minority report submitted by Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves in the form of objections, he ordered the matter to be listed on a NMD (Non-Miscellaneous Day) in the last week of January.

Background of the project:

A Bench led by Justice Rohinton Nariman, on December 2, asked the High Powered Committee, headed by the noted environmentalist ‘Dr Ravi Chopra’ to consider the plea by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Road Transport in two weeks. According to the plea, narrowing the feeder roads along the India-China border in Uttarakhand would cause “serious repurcussions” to national security.

Majority in favour of expanding the width of Char Dham roads:

In its report to the SC dated December 31, 2020, the high-powered committee presented a divided opinion with the majority in favour of the wider roads on the Char Dham route. This was because of the strategic requirement and snow removal needs. The state government's focus on reversing the migration in border areas by providing ample livelihood and ease of transportation were some other factors taken into consideration by the… Continue Reading...

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