Kamal Nath has assured him of a decision at the earliest
Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said that the State is awaiting clarification from the Centre on the proposal for widening the national highways passing through Kerala.
Participating at a meet-the-press organised by the Kesari Memorial Journalists' Trust here on Tuesday, Mr. Achuthanandan said an all-party delegation had sought 30-metre width for the highways on account of the fears and anxieties expressed by the people who were likely to be affected by the road-widening project and that any review of the position taken by the all-party meeting and an all-party delegation would have to wait for the Centre's response to the State's demand.
“Some changed tack”
Some people had changed their stand after submitting a memorandum on the subject to the Prime Minister, but the government could not do that. The Centre must come up with a satisfactory rehabilitation package. There was no question of compromising on the position that the roads could not be built in Build-Operate-Transfer mode.
Pointing out that there was acute scarcity of land in the State, the Chief Minister wanted to know how the State could afford to have wider roads as proposed by officials here and the Centre. He had phoned up Union Minister for Surface Transport Kamal Nath and requested him to take an early decision on the issue. Mr. Kamal Nath had assured him that the decision would be communicated to the State at the earliest.