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NEW DELHI/DEHRADUN: Alleging that there is a “miserable conspiracy” to undermine his report on the Char Dham road project, the chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed committee has informed the environment and forest ministry that he would apprise the apex court about what all has transpired. The charge has been rejected by the panel’s member secretary.
TOI on Sunday reported how two separate reports – one authored by chairman Ravi Chopra and the other by majority members of the panel — were submitted to the ministry. The groups were primarily divided over the issue of road width. The chairman’s report supported widening of the road to 5.5 metres in stretches where work has not been sanctioned, while the majority members are in favour of 10 metres.
In a letter to the ministry’s secretary on Thursday, Chopra said that he was outraged at the “subterfuge presumably practiced” by the Uttarakhand government through the panel’s member secretary, H S Chugh. He has said ignoring his written direction of July 14 to forward the “Final Report” to the environment and forest ministry , Chugh had forwarded the altered report prepared by the other group.
Chugh rejected the charges saying he had received the report from the majority team on July 10 and had asked Chopra to conduct a meeting so that a single report could be made based on majority’s vote. “And it was thrice that I had asked him to call a meeting for this purpose. Eventually, I had to submit the report presented by the majority comprising 21 members to the ministry on July 14.”
On being asked why the chairman’s report was not taken into account, he added, “The minority team’s report was emailed to me on the evening of July 14. He himself had also emailed it to the ministry; therefore I didn’t send it again.” Chugh, who is also a member in the panel, said he decided to be a part of the 21-member team after seeing the report.

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