Ravi Chopra, Chairman of SC-formed Char Dham panel resigns

The jurisdiction of the HPC headed by Chopra was limited to two ‘non-defence’ stretches – Rudraprayag-Kedarnath (70km) and Dharasu to Janki Chati (70km).
Chardham Yatra Marg Project
Chardham highway project

New Delhi: Expressing disappointment over permission for “brazen widening of roads” in the Himalayas, Ravi Chopra, chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed high-powered committee (HPC) on the Char Dham all-weather road project, submitted his resignation from the HPC on Thursday.

On Dec 14, 2021, the Supreme Court had set up an ‘oversight committee’ to monitor three stretches, comprising almost 70% of the 900km project.

The three stretches which the Justice Sikri committee will oversee are Rishikesh to Mana, Rishikesh to Gangotri and Tanakpur to Pithoragarh, which are categorised as ‘defence roads’ in accordance with the security needs highlighted by the ministry of defence to the Supreme Court. The jurisdiction of the HPC headed by Chopra was limited to two ‘non-defence’ stretches – Rudraprayag-Kedarnath (70km) and Dharasu to Janki Chati (70km).

Alleging that the experience of the HPC has been “very disappointing,” Ravi Chopra, wrote in his resignation letter, “By the judgment dated 14.12.2021, while recognising the hard work by the HPC, the court has accepted the wider Double Lane-Paved Shoulder configuration, instead of what the order envisaged. The judgment has confined the high-powered committee’s role to overseeing the implementation of its recommendations for the project on two non-defence roads only.”

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