The Supreme Court allowed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to fell 3,847 trees falling around the Taj Trapezium zone near Taj Mahal to enable widening of Agra-Etawah road.
The court allowed an application by the NHAI to cut the 3,847 trees as also 3,205 other trees falling in the protected forest area on the condition that the land for compensatory afforestation is identified first. It clarified that under the compensatory afforestation, 23,000 trees should be planted. The project for widening of existing 4-lane to 6-lane from Agra to Etawah bypass of NH-2 will cover 124 km with 23 km road coming under Taj Trapezium Zone.
13 killed, 27 injured as bus falls into gorge
Tehri: Thirteen people were killed and 27 injured when a bus in which they were travelling fell into a gorge near Devprayag in Tehri district of Uttarakhand Wednesday. The Uttarakhand roadways bus was carrying 40 people when it fell into 200-mt deep gorge at Saknidhar between Vyasi and Devprayag, Tehri SSP said.
The bus was heading from Delhi to Guptkashi, he said adding 13 passengers, all males, died on the spot. Their bodies have been recovered, the SSP said adding the reason behind the mishap is being investigated. Eight of the injured were being treated in Devprayag and the remaining 19 were brought to Rishikesh. PTI
C M Jha bail plea rejected
Guwahati: The chief judicial magistrate’s court in Shillong has rejected a bail petition filed by Chandra Mohan Jha, ‘chancellor’ of the controversial CMJ University of Shillong after he was arrested in Bihar on April 23. Shillong CJM Balram Joshi, in whose court Jha’s counsel submitted the bail petition, asked the IO to submit the case report on May 14. Jha, who had gone missing after the Meghalaya Police vacated a stay order on his arrest earlier issued by the SC, was arrested in Bihar while campaigning as an Independent for the LS from Jhanjharia constituency.ENS