January 12, 2019:
On Friday, the Supreme Court allowed the Centre to go ahead with its ambitious ‘Char Dham’ project.
The project aims to provide all-weather connectivity of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Apex Court refused to stay ongoing construction work but said any new project under the scheme must be undertaken after getting the environment impact assessment (EIA) clearance.
There are 53 separate and independent projects under the ‘Char Dham’ programme out of which work is on for 28 projects while 25 are yet to start under the scheme which is spread over 900 km.
The projects include widening of roads, construction of bypass, tunnels, bridges and road side drain, among other things.