The Catholic Church in Goa through its Centre for Social Justice and Peace has demanded that the government clearly spell out the alignment of the National Highway before starting the project of widening them in the state.
Fr. Maverick Fernandes, Convenor of Centre for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) while pointing out that there is lack of information about the alignment for the widening of the national highways, said the government should first put up all the details pertaining to this project before the people.
He also pointed out that some of the government departments themselves are in the dark about the alignment of the national highway.
Fr. Fernandes asserted that the people have a right to participate in the developmental process particularly since it is aimed at their welfare and wondered how people would be able to make a considered choice when there is no information available.
He also opined that the architect of the project is not known and explained that till date it is not clear whether the alignment is prepared by State government authorities or the Central government agencies.
The widening of National Highways in Goa, a pet project of the Union Minister for Roads Kamal Nath, has met with stiff opposition from the locals and on Tuesday thousands of people defied prohibitory orders to gather in Panjim to register their protest.