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Chairman of Chardham committee alleges violations of Supreme Court orders

5th October, 2020 INFRASTRUCTURE

Context: The chairman of a Supreme Court-appointed expert committee has alleged violations of the court orders in the execution of the Chardham road project — a 900-km, ₹12,000-crore enterprise to connect pilgrimage spots in Uttarakhand.

  • A controversial aspect was the proposed width of the two-line highways envisaged.
  • The SC committee was divided over the width with one set of members saying it only be 5.5-metre-wide and another plumbing for a higher road width.

Char Dham National Highway

  • It is an under construction two-lane express National Highway with a minimum width of 10 metres in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
  • It will complement the under construction Char Dham Railway by connecting the four holy places in Uttarakhand states namely Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
  • The project includes 900 km national highways which will connect whole of Uttarakhand state
  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH) is also the key coordinator of the Chardham project. Prior to this, the government had sanctioned a road width of 10-12 metres.
  • The MoRTH has allowed the 700 km-road projects to continue with the old 10-metre width and only in the remaining 200 km roads would the new narrow width apply.