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Expert Committees Recommendations On NH Widening

The new alignment proposal submitted by the Government appointed committee recommends that nearly 50% stretch of the proposed widening of NH 4A of 62 kms between Panjim and Anmod will have a reduced width of 30, 35 or 45 metres.
The committee that consisted of legislators, PWD engineers, NHAI officials and land survey officials submitted the report which decreased the number of demolitions by nearly 76 per cent reducing the structures that would face the axe from 569 to 136.

The new alignment has reduced the width drastically in thickly populated areas. The width will be reduced in areas like Mollem, Sangod (Sanvordem), Dharbandora, Piliem, Usgao, Khandepar, Ponda, Bandore, Ella and Chimbel. The 30 metres width along the ghat in a stretch of 15 kilometres will be the same as per the Ministry of Forest and Environment directives.
The only toll plaza proposed by the committee will be at Boma where there is a proposed bypass due to the dense population.
The 41 structures to be demolished in Mollem will now be reduced to 23 out of which 19 are on Revenue Department land. In all, 79 structures would be demolished in Sanvordem out of the 147 proposed earlier. Residents of Bandora and Kundaim will face demolition of 3 and 0 structures respectively.
In Boma, four structures while in Cumbharjua 30 structures will be demolished.

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