SC nod to construction of ongoing projects under Chardham development plan

The Supreme Court on Friday lifted its stay on certain stalled projects under the government's ambitious Chardham development plan, which proposes to provide all-weather connectivity to the four holy towns of Uttarakhand.

The court said the stay will however continue on those projects which are yet to begin under the plan till the environment clearance is taken by the authorities.

The four towns of the hilly state to be connected by all-weather roads are Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

The top court also stayed a paragraph in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order passed on September 26 last year which said that these projects did not require Environmental Impact Assessment Approval/Environment Clearance in terms of the notification of Ministry of Environment & Forests.

On October 22 last year, the apex court had stayed the NGT order clearing the entire ambitious Chardham project in Uttarakhand.

A bench of Justices R.F Nariman and Vineet Sharan said that ongoing projects will not be stayed and the projects which have not yet taken off will be stayed.

It said that in case of stalled projects the authorities will follow the usual drill and seek the requisite environmental clearances.

(Agencies)