SC resolves Char Dham road width issue; order awaited - Jayashree Nandi

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published Published on Sep 9, 2020   modified Modified on Sep 9, 2020

-Hindustan Times

While the Centre has been arguing for a two-lane highway with seven-metre carriageways, some HPC members contended that such a broad width would be dangerous for the fragile Himalayan ecology because it is highly susceptible to landslides

A Supreme Court (SC) bench on Tuesday heard Ravi Chopra, the chairman of the high-powered committee (HPC), which is reviewing the Char Dham highway project in Uttarakhand, and accepted the final report submitted by the panel.

The apex court had constituted the HPC last year to review the environmental impacts of the project. Some members of the HPC and the Centre has been at odds over the highway’s width.

While the Centre has been arguing for a two-lane highway with seven-metre carriageways, some HPC members contended that such a broad width would be dangerous for the fragile Himalayan ecology because it is highly susceptible to landslides.

The Centre was represented by solicitor-general Tushar (S-G) Mehta, who submitted an affidavit of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). The ministry argued that the seven-metre width was required for strategic roads connecting to international borders such as the one between India and China.

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Hindustan Times, 9 September, 2020, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/sc-resolves-char-dham-road-width-issue-order-awaited/story-1gdFTnHZQNa9fv6canQUjL.html


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