Uttarakhand HC to Chamoli district case: Is Interim compensation granted to affected families?

The Uttarakhand High Court has issued notice on a PIL seeking compensation for families affected by the glacial disaster that took place on February 7 in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.

The bench then inquired if any interim compensation has been granted to the affected families, whose houses were uprooted in the disaster and also asked Central and the State Government to file their objections in the matter by June 20.

A PIL which was filed by petitioner, one PC Tewari , a climate change activist seeking compensation for families affected by the glacial disaster that took place on February 7 in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district caused massive damage to life and property.

This disaster occurred due to a break in a glacier, leading to landslide and floods in the region.

The petition states that the concerned authorities has omitted to take proper measures post disaster to ensure proper registration of those who went missing, in searching for those missing in the debris, issuing death certificate, making a proper rehabilitation scheme and payment of compensation to the immediate relatives of those who lost their lives in the disaster.

It is also submitted that, a total of 204 workers have been deemed missing out of which more than 50 people have been confirmed dead

It is further alleged that the authorities failed in monitoring whether the companies running and constructing hydropower projects in the area are fulfilling requisite safety standards for the workmen.

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