Halt Char Dham project, environmentalists petition Modi -Jacob Koshy

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published Published on Aug 29, 2020   modified Modified on Aug 30, 2020

-The Hindu

Some members furthering an agenda that isn’t in public interest, they say.

A group of 40 scientists, environmentalists and ecologists have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding a halt to the Chardham road construction work and that the recommendation of environmentalist Ravi Chopra, who heads a Supreme Court-appointed committee to advise on the sustainable execution of the project, be heeded.

The Chardham Project (CP) is an ambitious attempt by the Modi government to widen nearly 900km of hill road to improve access to pilgrimage spots in Uttarakhand.

The High Powered Committee (HPC), as it is called, was chaired by Mr. Chopra, former director of the People’s Science Institute and the SC directed it to submit a report by December 30, 2019, which was extended to June 30 this year.

However what emerged from the exercise were two reports — one by Mr. Chopra and three other members called the ‘Main’ report, and another by 16 members — the majority — of the 19-member core committee. The key difference is that the “Main report” recommends a narrower road width than the majority group.

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The Hindu, 29th August, 2020, https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/halt-char-dham-project-environmentalists-petition-modi/article32475797.ece?homepage=true

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