Report by the Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board on illegal construction of road named Poti-Maidan to Dhanker, district Lahaul Spiti, 25/06/2022
Report by the Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board to the National Green Tribunal in compliance to the court order, April 18, 2022 (O.A. No. 173/2022 Ram Singh Vs State of Himachal Pradesh). The matter related to alleged illegal construction/widening of road name Poti-Maidan to Dhanker, district Lahaul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. No FRA was sought from the concerned authorities.
In response, the NGT directed a joint committee comprising Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board, Conservator of Forests, Kangra and District Magistrate, Lahaul & Spiti. The said area (Poah-Maidan to helipad) was inspected by the committee, May 12, 2022.
During inspection, it was observed that the Executive Engineer, HPPWD Division, Kaza, District Lahaul Spiti had constructed and widened by back cutting road named Poah-Maidan to the helipad having a length of 12.240 kms. The road constructed from Gecha to helipad (2.840 kms) has not been approved under Forest Right Act by DFO (Wildlife) Kaza and the road was constructed without any approval from concerned authorities.