If the Indian Army cannot move its missile launchers and heavy machinery up to the Indo-China border, how will it fight a war if one broke out, the Centre asked the Supreme Court on Thursday while responding to two pleas on the Char Dham highway project in Uttarakhand, reported PTI.
The first plea has been filed by a non governmental organisation Citizens for Green Doon against the widening of the roads for the project, citing environmental concerns.
The second one has been filed by the Union Ministry of Defence seeking a modification of the court’s order passed in September 2020 that asked the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to follow a 2018 circular stipulating carriageway width of 5.5 metre. The government is seeking permission to increase the width to 10 metres, reported Live Law.
The 900-km-long Char Dham project, worth Rs 12,000 crore, is being developed to provide all-weather connectivity to all the four religious places – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath – in Uttarakhand.
During Thursday’s hearing, Attorney General KK Venugopal said the terrains in Uttarakhand are inhospitable and the Army needs to movie heavy vehicles, machineries, weapons, missiles, tanks, troops and food supplies. He pointed out that the Brahmos missile was 42-feet long and needs large vehicle…