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NEW DELHI: In the wake of the devastation and lack of lives as a result of current flash floods in Dhauliganga river in Uttarakhand, the Supreme Court on Wednesday was extraordinarily cautious in green-lighting actions like choosing stones and boulders from the river mattress, earlier thought of routine contractual workout routines.
The case pertained to a profitable bid for selecting up boulders and stones from a river mattress close to Rohtang Pass, tenders for that are routinely floated in the course of the lean circulation season to cut back obstacles that impede the circulation of the river and consequent injury to the banks throughout monsoon.
A bench headed by CJI S A Bobde mentioned: “Taking away sand and stones from the river mattress has created big issues in Kerala and has created islands in the midst of rivers. Who says it won’t have any opposed affect?”
Advocate A D N Rao, amicus curiae in inexperienced issues, knowledgeable the bench that these areas in Himachal Pradesh have been liable to landslides and boulders typically fell from the mountains and blocked the circulation of the river. However, he clarified that the bidder, Paras Stone, had obtained environmental clearance from the ministry of setting and forests. Himachal authorities counsel Ashok Sharma instructed the court docket that elimination of stones and boulders from the world in query could be accomplished strictly in accordance with environmental guidelines and rules.
The bench mentioned the presence of stones and boulders on the river mattress and their affect on the river wanted to be examined holistically. “We find that it is imperative for MoEF to carry out an environmental impact assessment of the proposal (to pick up stones and boulders from the river bed) and examine whether it will have any adverse impact for the present or future. The cost of the EIA will be borne by the contractor applicant,” it mentioned.

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