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Uttarakhand fines firm Rs 15 cr after it fails to account for debris on Char Dham road

The Tehri (*15*) district administration in Uttarakhand has slapped a tremendous of Rs 15 crore on an organization after it discovered no information of 1.53 lakh cubic meter of muck generated throughout development of a stretch of the Char Dham road.

Akanksha Verma, sub-divisional Justice of the Peace of Kirtinagar within the district mentioned that in inspection of the Devprayag-Kaudiyala stretch of the road final week, officers discovered that the corporate had no document of round 1.53 lakh cubic meters of muck.

“The implementing agency was allotted eight dumping zones in this area of which four have reached maximum capacity. Apart from dumping of muck, the agency also has the option of selling the debris generated or reusing it for construction purposes. For these options, it has to pay royalty to the state government. When the records were checked, we could not find any account for 1.53 lakh cubic meters of debris, either in terms of royalty being paid or dumped at dumping zones,” mentioned Verma.

She added that as no information have been discovered and officers from the corporate weren’t ready to give any correct rationalization, it is being “suspected that the muck was dumped in the rivers.”

“We have imposed a fine of over Rs 15 crore on the agency as we suspect that they dumped the muck in the rivers illegally,” Verma mentioned.

Last yr, the road development was stopped at 5 places between Chamba and Dharasu as environmental norms have been allegedly being flouted by the development firms.

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