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Kedarnath tragedy rehabilitation:SC stays Uttarakhand HC order

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today stayed an order of High directing the completion of construction of roads and bridges destroyed in the 2013 tragedy in a time-bound manner.

A bench of and Justices A M Khanwilkar and stayed the November 19, 2016, order and issued notice to petitioners who were before the high

had filed the appeal through Farukh Rasheed saying the had erred in passing several mandatory directions which were not harmonious with the guidelines of (NDRF) and SDRF, for rehabilitation of the affected people.

He said that out of damaged 2072 roads and 258 bridges in the state, 2068 roads were opened to traffic within a short period and the remaining four roads which were completely washed away are proposed to be reconstructed.

Rasheed said that out of 258 damaged bridges, 136 have been repaired and made available for traffic.

"At 21 locations, reconstruction of bridge is not required because of availability of alternative connectivity. As such, only 101 washed out bridges are to be reconstructed against which 25 bridges have so far been reconstructed and 10 are under constructions," he said.

The state said the and have approved funding for "Disaster Relief Project (Road and Bridges)" under which reconstruction and strengthening of 866 roads of 3567 km length costing Rs 970.30 crore is to be done in a span of four years.

The area in the state had received unprecedented heavy rainfall between June 14, 2013 to June 17, 2013 and the Chorabari lake had collapsed due to cloudburst that had resulted in a major flood.

Several roads, buildings and other structures were washed away and, according to the state government's plea, the estimated death toll was around 10,000, with over 3,000 persons missing.

The had in its order directed the state to complete the construction of 10 bridges, within one year and completion of tender process for 16 bridges within a period of two months.

It had said the remaining damaged 49 bridges would also be reconstructed within one year along with four washed out roads within two years.

The court had passed slew of directions including that the would complete the 141 roads of 966 kilometers length approved by the and 60 roads approved by Asian Development Bank, by completing all the formalities within a period of two years.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 19:15 IST