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SC Clears Chardham Highway Project

Infra News - Published on Tue, 20 Aug 2019

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PTI reported that the Supreme Court has cleared the decks for the Chardham highway project, which will connect four holy places in the hills of Uttarakhand through 900 kilometer all-weather roads, by modifying an NGT order to constitute a fresh committee to look into environmental concerns. It ordered the Ministry of Environment and Forest to form the high-powered committee by August 22.

NGO Citizen for Green Doon had petitioned the apex court, after the National Green Tribunal on September 26 last year gave its conditional approval to the connectivity project in view of larger public interest, saying the project would cause an irreversible damage to regional ecology.

The NGT had constituted a committee headed by a former Uttarakhand High Court Judge to monitor the project.

On Friday, hearing the NGO's petition against the project, the apex court bench comprising Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Surya Kant only modified the September NGT order by constituting a fresh high-powered committee.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Tue, 20 Aug 2019
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