Chief Minister Digambar Kamat air dashed to the national capital and also summoned PWD Minister as the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had reportedly rejected the state government’s demand on the national highway in Goa.
It may be recalled that the NHAI proposal to widen NH-17 and NH-4A passing through Goa had met with stiff opposition from the locals.
In a bid to address the objection, the width of the national highway was sought to be reduced in inhabited stretches of the highway and at some places to have elevated roads.
However, the opponents of the project had also demanded cancellation of the proposed toll arguing that the national highways in Goa are actually major district roads connecting talukas headquarters.
The government of Goa had urged the NHAI to reduce the toll as proposed toll would incur a heavy financial burden on Goans travelling along the national highway on regular basis.
It is learnt that the NHAI has turned down the proposal on grounds that the contractor will not be able to recover his investment as the project is to be constructed on PPP-module on BOOT basis.
The chief minister and PWD minister are scheduled to meet the union minister for roads and also All India Congress Committee General Secretary B. K. Hariprasad to discuss this issue.
Both are preparing to impress upon the union government to reduce the toll as Goa has entered into the election year and the Congress cannot afford to antagonize the electorate at this juncture.