Delhi-Doon e-way gets SC approval with eco caveats

The Supreme Court cleared the NHAI’s Delhi-Dehradun expressway project but recast the green tribunal-appointed expert panel for scrupulous implementation of mitigation of damages to environment as well as compensatory afforestation.

A bench of justices DY Chandrachud and Aniruddha Bose ordered that the expert panel would be headed by director general (forest) CP Goyal in the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change instead of the chief secretary of Uttarakhand, as was ordered by the National Green Tribunal on December 13 last year.

The bench asked the reconstituted expert panel to scrupulously implement all environment protection measures recommended and especially the height of the underpass/flyovers as well as compensatory afforestation.

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