Justice (retd.) AK Sikri to be the head of the Char Dham Panel

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The Supreme Court of India has appointed Justice ( retd.) A.K. Sikri as the chairman of the high-powered committee constituted by it to “consider the cumulative and independent impact of the Char Dham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna on the entire Himalayan valley” on 11 March 2022..

  • Earlier Professor Ravi Chopra resigned as the chairman of the Char Dham project accusing the Union Road and Highway Transport ministry of ignoring its recommendations.

  • Justice Sikri is also the chairman of the oversight committee appointed by the Supreme Court, to look after the environmental concerns and other issues related to the Char Dham project.

Char Dham Project 

  • The project seeks to connect the pilgrimage centers of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri & Gangotri  in Uttarakhand. 

  • The project is of  889 Km  length which will build two lane roads.

  • The total cost of the project is Rs 11,700 crore. 

Many environmentalists are objecting to the project as it will harm the sensitive ecosystem of the Himalayas.

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