MP hears complaints from residents affected by National Highways project
MANGALORE: In a meeting to address problems arising out of the widening of the National Highway 17 and 48, Member of Parliament D.V. Sadananda Gowda suggested that a committee comprising elected representatives, top district officials and those from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) visit surveyed areas.
He was speaking to presspersons after a round of meetings with residents of Suratkal, Tadambail, Bikarnakatta, Maroli and B.C. Road affected due to four-laning work on 38 kilometres of NH 17 and NH 48 between Suratkal and B.C. Road. In many areas, people were shunted out of own lands while government lands were available in plenty on the side of the Highways, Mr. Gowda said.
At the meeting, U.D. Kamath residing near Jayashree Gate at Bikarnakatta pointed out that the original survey report has been twisted to give a different view of the proposed highway widening.
Dr. Kamath in his representation accused that the NHAI survey was conducted unscientifically rendering it curved in many places. In his appeal he said that changes in the original survey were made at the behest of some politicians.
Representations arrived from other areas including Kaikamba and Nanthoor. MLAs N. Yogish Bhat, Nagaraja Shetty, Krishna Palemar were also present in the meeting.