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Center Told Supreme Court If Army Can Not Move Missile Launchers To China Border How Will It Fight War Over Chardham Project

News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

Published by: Gaurav Pandey
Updated Thu, 11 Nov 2021 10:21 PM IST

Summary

The Center has told the Supreme Court that China has built large-scale constructions across the border in the Tibet region and the Indian Army needs wide roads to carry heavy vehicles and weapons to the China border to avoid a 1962-like war situation. Is required.

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The central government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that if the army cannot carry its missile launchers and heavy machinery along the India-China border, how will it protect the border and fight a war when the situation arises. Seeking to allay the concerns of landslides in the Himalayan regions due to the construction of the Chardham Highway Project, the Center said that all necessary steps have been taken to mitigate the disaster. There have been incidents of landslides in many parts of the country and road construction is not exclusively responsible for this.

The 900-km-long Chardham project, costing about Rs 12,000 crore, aims to provide all-weather connectivity to the four holy cities of Uttarakhand. These four cities are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Every year a large number of devotees visit these cities. The NGO Citizens for Green Doon had filed a petition against widening of roads in a petition. In an earlier order, the Supreme Court had asked for a written submission on the steps taken to reduce landslides in the area.

China has prepared infrastructure, good roads, army is needed
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and Vikram Nath has reserved the order on a petition filed by the Defense Ministry seeking modification of its earlier order by the NGO Supreme Court. Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said the Army needs better roads due to the recent developments on the India-China border. He said that China has prepared infrastructure like that of the border and has also built railway line network with airstrips, helipads, roads.

The situation as it was in 1962 should not be created again: Venugopal
Venugopal told the bench, “The problem of the army is that it needs to move soldiers, tanks, heavy artillery and machinery from one place to another. He said that now the situation should not be like it was in the year 1962 when there was a means of walking to the border to supply ration. He said that if the road is not two-lane then there is no point in building it. Therefore construction of a double lane road with a width of seven meters (or 7.5 meters if the route is raised) should be allowed.

Instructions not to fell trees on Delhi-Dehradun Express till November 16
The Supreme Court directed the Center that no trees should be felled on the Ganeshpur-Dehradun road (NH-72A) till November 16. This route is part of the Delhi-Dehradun Expressway. The top court also expressed displeasure over the approach being adopted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to deal with the issue. The court said that the kind of orders passed by the NGT today are not satisfactory at all. The court said that we will hear the matter and dispose of the petition instead of sending it to the NGT.

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The central government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that if the army cannot carry its missile launchers and heavy machinery along the India-China border, how will it protect the border and fight a war when the situation arises. Seeking to allay the concerns of landslides in the Himalayan regions due to the construction of the Chardham Highway Project, the Center said that all necessary steps have been taken to mitigate the disaster. There have been incidents of landslides in many parts of the country and road construction is not exclusively responsible for this.

The 900-km-long Chardham project, costing about Rs 12,000 crore, aims to provide all-weather connectivity to the four holy cities of Uttarakhand. These four cities are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Every year a large number of devotees visit these cities. The NGO Citizens for Green Doon had filed a petition against widening of roads in a petition. In an earlier order, the Supreme Court had asked for a written submission on the steps taken to reduce landslides in the area.

China has prepared infrastructure, good roads, army is needed

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and Vikram Nath has reserved the order on a petition filed by the Defense Ministry seeking modification of its earlier order by the NGO Supreme Court. Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said the Army needs better roads due to the recent developments on the India-China border. He said that China has prepared infrastructure like that of the border and has also built railway line network with airstrips, helipads, roads.

The situation as it was in 1962 should not be created again: Venugopal

Venugopal told the bench, “The problem of the army is that it needs to move soldiers, tanks, heavy artillery and machinery from one place to another. He said that now the situation should not be like it was in the year 1962 when there was a means of walking to the border to supply ration. He said that if the road is not two-lane then there is no point in building it. Therefore, construction of a double lane road with a width of seven meters (or 7.5 meters if the route is raised) should be allowed.

Instructions not to fell trees on Delhi-Dehradun Express till November 16

The Supreme Court directed the Center that no trees should be felled on the Ganeshpur-Dehradun road (NH-72A) till November 16. This route is part of the Delhi-Dehradun Expressway. The top court also expressed displeasure over the approach being adopted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to deal with the issue. The court said that the kind of orders passed by the NGT today are not satisfactory at all. The court said that we will hear the matter and dispose of the petition instead of sending it to the NGT.

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