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Char Dham Project Latest: Supreme Court gives green signal to Char Dham Project, approval to increase the width of the highway in view of the challenges from China


Highlights

  • Important decision of Supreme Court regarding Char Dham project
  • In view of the increasing challenges from China, the Ministry of Defense had requested
  • Now the highway can be widened, so that the tank can also go easily

New Delhi
The Supreme Court has given green signal to the Char Dham project in Uttarakhand. The court has given permission to increase the width of the strategically important highway. Now the way has been cleared to make three highways double-lane. The Supreme Court in its remarks said that the court cannot decide the security resources of the army. Recently, serious challenges have come to the fore in terms of security along the border.

Monitoring committee formed in the interest of environment
The Supreme Court has allowed widening of roads under the Char Dham road project to ‘double lane’ in view of security concerns. A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, while pronouncing this verdict, directed former Justice A.K. Of. An inspection committee has also been constituted under the chairmanship of Sikri. The top court said that the committee would have the full cooperation of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Road Transport, Government of Uttarakhand and all the District Magistrates.

Defense preparedness will be strengthened
After this decision of the Supreme Court, defense preparedness on the China border can be strengthened. The court has given permission to the Defense Ministry that the road from Rishikesh to Gangotri can be widened by 10 meters. In view of the increasing tension with China, the Defense Ministry had urged the Supreme Court to modify the September 2020 order. The road width was then ordered to be limited to 5.5 meters due to environmental concerns.

Weapons like tanks will also reach the border easily
On this, the Defense Ministry had argued that the security of the country is paramount. The government argues that the road needs to be widened so that heavy weapons like tanks can be easily moved close to the border. About 900 km of Chardham project costing 12 thousand crores was pending in the court due to environmental and other reasons. The Ministry of Defense had also filed an affidavit in this matter.

The All Weather Chardham Project will connect Rishikesh with Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. There was a case in the Supreme Court regarding the width of the road on one of these parts, due to which it was not able to move forward.

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