Just a day after Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar demanded that the House Committee constituted during the last assembly session should discuss the alignment of the National Highways sought to be widened in Goa, the government buckled and agreed to convene the meeting on 24th November.
The House Committee will hear the grievances of the public with regards to the new alignment which the state authorities have already submitted to the National Highway Authority of India.
It may be recalled that Manohar had objected to the government bypassing the committee that was constituted by the Legislative Assembly and had opined that it amounted to breach of privilege of the House.
Chief Minister Digamar Kamat reiterated that the government had sought to address the grievances of the public and had reduced the number of structures that would be affected drastically by changing the alignment and also reducing the width of the National Highways to 35 mts in thickly populated areas.
He also claimed to have ensured that Goans are not affected by the toll that will be charged to recover the cost of the widening.