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Centre Approves NH4 Alignment in Goa

The Union Ministry for Road Transport and Highways has approved the widening of National Highway No. 4A in Goa and the file has been sent for issuing the notification under Section 3(d) of the Land Acquisition Act.
However, the notification will pertain to those sections agreed upon by the House Committee at its meeting last week and will exclude the Old Goa to Bhoma section where a bypass was proposed by the House Committee.
PWD Minister Churchill Alemao disclosed that the notification will be with regards to only 35 metre stretch of the highway.

Churchill pointed out that the Goa government had met the deadline of 30th November given by the Union Minister Kamal Nath to issue the notification failing which he had threatened to divert the funds allotted for Goa to some other state.
Parrikar to Prove Graft Charges Against SEZ Promoters
Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar who is also the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee declared that the promoters of SEZ in Goa will now be probed for graft charges following the High Court judgement that observed that the land allotment was done in undue haste and without proper scrutiny of their applications.
As the High Court also observed that the allotment was made arbitrarily and the procedure adopted was not fair and transparent and also did not stand the test of reasonableness, Parrikar said whether the government officials were bribed to carry out this illegality will be probed.
Parrikar who had raised this issue in the Assembly and had also argued on the very observation of the High Court that the applications were not even scrutinized properly, said Congress Party bigwigs were involved in the scam which he pegged at Rs 100 crore.
He named Speaker Pratapsing Rane who was then the Chief Minister and Luizinho Faleiro who was then the Industries Minister, as architects of this scandal involving 32 lakh square metres of land.
He said the PAC investigations should be completed by March next year, following which criminal complaints will be lodged against those involved.
Meanwhile the SEZ Virodhi Manch has demanded a CBI enquiry into this scam and also demanded the resignation of the directors and officials of GIDC who were responsible for allotting the land to the SEZ promoters.
Former Minister Matanhy Saldanha has demanded a judicial probe into the scandal.

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