The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), engaged in construction of four lane projects in Himachal Pradesh, has come under the attack of environmentalists after filing of a police complaint against the NHAI holding it responsible for losses during flash floods in the state by carrying unscientific cutting of hills and illegal dumping in rivers.
Former Deputy Mayor of Shimla Municipal Corporation Tikender Panwar has filed a criminal police complaint against the NHAI authorities and its executing company GR Infra Projects at Police Station Parwanoo alleging, “ Criminal neglect leading to massive loss to the natural ecosystem, human lives, assets and financial loss to people during construction of four lanes from Parwanoo to Solan.”
Holding them responsible for cutting hills in unscientific manner Panwar has accused them “For criminal neglect through connivance by not seeking proper advice from geologists to ensure minimum damage to the hills through scientific cutting.”
It is notable that several environmental organizations have been holding the NHAI authorities and executing companies responsible for not digging hills in a scientific manner and illegal dumping of debris in rivers and khuds thereby narrowing their trail leading to floods.
Bhumi Adhigrahan Samiti leader Joginder Walias has been blaming, “The NHAI authorities for losses during recent flash floods in Kullu – Manali area as illegal dumping during four lane construction in river Beas raised the level of water leading to flash floods.”
Himalayan Niti Abhiyan organization, which has been raising the issue of unscientific cutting of hills and illegal dumping in the rivers, also is planning to meet Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who is visiting Kullu on August 4, to take up these issues with him .’