NH widening: re-survey to be conducted

A House Committee of the Goa Legislature on Wednesday decided to seek a re-survey of the entire stretch of the proposed widening of the National Highway 17 and National Highway 4A passing through the State in consultation with the MLAs of the respective areas to come out with the exact number of structures that would have to be demolished.

The re-survey will be done taking a 45-metre right of way throughout and 35 metres in congested and built-up areas to avert demolition of age-old religious and other important structures.

This was stated by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Wednesday. He was addressing presspersons in the city after the meeting of the House Committee, which was formed during the recently concluded monsoon session to resolve the grievances raised about the likely large number of demolitions owing to widening of the highways. Minister for Public Works Department Churchill Alemao was present.

The Chief Minister said that re-survey report will be submitted to the Government before August 31. Till that time, land acquisition would be on hold.

Mr. Kamat said that a team comprising Public Works Department (PWD) and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) engineers and officers of the State Land Survey would take up the re-survey.

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