Indian culture – salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
Char Dham pilgrimage
What to study?
For prelims: About Char Dham project and its geographical location.
For mains: Significance of the project, environmental concerns, NGT and Supreme Court’s views.
Context: Supreme Court has cleared decks for Chardham highway project, which will connect four holy places of Uttarakhand through 900 km all-weather roads.
What has the court said?
The court has directed Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to form high-powered committee by 22 August 2019 so as to look into environmental concerns.
- Representatives from Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Physical Research Laboratory under government’s space department and Ministry of Defence will be part of the new high powered committee.
- As per SC, committee shall hold quarterly meetings thereafter to ensure compliance and may suggest any further measure after each review meeting.
- It shall consider cumulative and independent impact of Chardham project on entire Himalay