The National Green Court also established a 12-person committee to ensure that it will not cause damage to the environment.
The Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor will reduce the travel time from Delhi to Dehradun from 6 hours to about 2.5 hours. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has allowed the construction of the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor Expressway, which will shorten the distance between the two cities from 25 kilometers to only 210 kilometers. The statutory body also established a 12-person committee to ensure that there will be no damage to the environment and no obstruction to the animal corridor on the Ganeshpur-Dehradun Road (NH-72A) section. Adarsh Kumar Goel said that it is difficult to believe that the Ministry of Environment did not apply for the project’s forest clearance permit in the assessment. The newly established 12-member committee appointed by the Green Group will be led by the Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand, and nominees include Indian Wildlife Research Institute, Central Pollution Control Commission, Uttarakhand PCB, etc. The committee has been instructed to meet within two weeks to assess the situation and plan further actions. Thereafter, it can hold meetings at least once a month, or at earlier intervals if deemed necessary. It can also hold virtual or mixed meetings.
The Green Court also pointed out that the Delhi Dehradun Expressway, including NH-72A, is an important expressway connecting Delhi, Haryana and the western UP and Dehradun. The current travel time between the two cities is 6-7 hours during off-peak hours and over 8 hours during peak hours. “The longer the vehicle travels in the forest area, the longer it will interfere with wildlife,” said the bench. The Delhi-Dehradun corridor has the largest wildlife elevated corridor in Asia, with a total length of approximately 12 kilometers, allowing wild animals to move without restrictions. There is a 340-meter-long tunnel near DatKaali Temple near Dehradun to reduce the impact on wildlife. Several animal passages are also planned on the Ganeshpur-Dehradun section to avoid collisions.
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