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Uttrakhand HC directs to constitute a Committee to look into whether construction of roads in village Chamoli will jeopardize residential houses

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Uttrakhand Aug 26(ILNS): The Uttarakhand High Court, recently directed the District Magistrate, Chamoli to constitute a Committee to examine apprehension expressed in the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that residential houses of the villagers would be jeopardized due to the construction of roads.

The PIL filed through advocate SS Yadav pleaded that, due to the construction of roads, the residential houses of the villagers would be jeopardized, as the rocks above the houses are unstable. At the same time Yadav submitted that if alignment is slightly modified and the road is constructed where the solid rocks are there, then the threat to the life & property of the villagers would be avoided.

The Division Bench comprising of Justice Manoj Kumar Tiwari and Justice Alok Kumar Verma while considering the matter directed to constitute a Committee headed by an officer, not below the rank of Additional District Magistrate. The said Committee shall also comprise of Executive Engineer, Public Works Department and an Officer from Geology & Mining Department.

The Committee shall get the spot inspected and shall examine as to whether the apprehension expressed in this PIL is correct or is there any scope for changing the alignment of the road and taking the road from a place some meters away from where it is proposed, the Court ordered.

“Let such a report be submitted within a period of two weeks. List this matter in the first week of September 2021,”the order reads./ILNS/SS/SNG

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