HC dismisses petition challenging double tracking

Goemkarponn desk
PANAJI: The Bench of Bombay High Court at Goa on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by Ganv Bhavancho Ekvott challenging double tracking of the railway line.
Ganv Bhavancho Ekvott had challenged double tracking in Chandor-Guidolim Panchayat area.
The petition said that work was underway without obtaining permission from Panchayat and TCP.
The respondents, in their reply said that railway projects don’t require permission from Panchayat, CRZ authority and TCP.
Based on this ground, HC dismissed the petition.
On May 2022, the Supreme Court (SC) canceled the green clearance granted to the doubling of the railway line between Tinaighat-Castlerock in Karnataka and Kulem in Goa. The Apex Court accepted the recommendation made by its appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC).
It was a major victory for the people protesting against the linear project. The order came on a plea by the NGO Goa Foundation .
According to the A bench presided by Justice L Nageswara Rao accepted the recommendations of the SC-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC ) which in its report dated April 23, 2021 said “that it does not find any justification for the track as it “will destroy the fragile ecosystem of the Western Ghats which is an internationally recognised Biodiversity hotspot and also one of the most important wildlife corridor of the country” and that it “will only be marginally enhancing the capacity of the most inefficient section of the railway network passing through ecologically sensitive and biodiversity rich tiger reserve, two wildlife sanctuaries and a national park”.

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