With ongoing concerns about the massive environmental impact of the Char Dham project, did the apex court refuse to question the defense policies of the central government and seek what is called a “delicate balance” between environmental considerations and security needs?
Widening of roads that connect the Char Dham in Uttarakhand and also reaches the Indo-China border will cause adverse impact in the hilly region resulting in felling of trees and avalanches, Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves told the Supreme Court.
The petitioner submitted that Challans should be payable online, even if the SOP is not implemented. “I am not the violator and they never contacted me for violation. When I was transferring the vehicle, they called me to pay the challans,” he said.
Justice Nariman Bench had allowed for 5.5 Meter but the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways amended it saying that the roads are being used for different purposes, going right up to the Chinese borders.
The Supreme Court on Friday will hear the plea concerning the Rs 12,000-crore, 899-km-long Char Dham highway project which connects four shrines of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath in Garhwal Himalayas.
This week also saw the governments official spokesman and the Principal Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB), K.S. Dhatwalia testing positive for COVID-19 and admitted to the trauma centre at the AIIMS.
The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Shri Nitin Gadkari today announced further extension of the validity date of motor vehicle documents till September this year. Accordingly, the Ministry of RTH has issued an advisory to all States and UTs to this effect.