The Nainital High Court sought answers from the Central and State Governments on the Tapovan disaster.
Tapovan Glacier Disaster: On the Public Interest Litigation filed in the High Court regarding the Tapovan Glacier disaster in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, the Chief Justice’s court has sent notices to all the concerned departments including the central and state government and sought their response.
Nainital. The matter of disaster in Reni Tapovan of Chamoli has reached the High Court. The Uttarakhand High Court has issued notices to the Central and State Government including the Meteorological Department, Disaster Management Department, DM Chamoli, Hydroelectric Project and others. The court has ordered everyone to file a reply in this matter by June 20. The Chief Justice of the High Court will hear the matter on June 25.
Let us tell you that after the Tapovan disaster, a fact-finding team comprising lawyers, social organizations and social workers, among others, had visited the Reni Tapovan disaster area. After this the team prepared the report. This team found in its study that 204 people died due to the disaster, but these people have neither received compensation nor death certificate so far. Along with this, this team also learned that no effort was made to save the lives of the people trapped in the disaster.
Based on this report, PC Tiwari of Almora has filed a public interest litigation in the Nainital High Court. In this petition, he has demanded from the court that an early warning system should be prepared for such disasters in the Himalayas, so that prior information of the disaster can be received. It has also been demanded in the petition that an expert committee should be constituted to study the effects of Himalayas and such disasters.
PC Tiwari’s petition has demanded that those who were negligent during this disaster should be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Because the gates of the dam were closed during the disaster, due to which many people have died. Taking the matter seriously, the court of Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court has issued notice to all the concerned parties and sought their response.