NHAI directed to stop work on four-lane highway

VASCO: The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) on Monday directed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to stop work on the four-lane highway from Baina beach to Headland-Sada for not complying with the conditions laid down.

According to sources in the Collectorate office in South Goa, GCZMA had given permission to NHAI to begin the work of the proposed four-lane highway from Baina beach to Headland-Sada only after obtaining permissions from Mormugao municipality, Mormugao planning and development authority and town and country planning authority, which it failed to
comply with.

Meanwhile, NHAI demolished a retaining wall of the MPT, from MPT workshop to railway yard at Baina, in order to make way for the construction of the proposed flyover, connecting gate 9 of MPT from Ravindra Bhavan project site at Baina.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat had directed MPT and NHAI to expedite the work of the proposed flyover while inspecting the MPT premises along with the Revenue Minister, Mr Jose Philip D’Souza, Opposition Leader, Mr Manohar Parrikar, Mormugao MLA, Mr Milind Naik, MPT chairman, Mr P Mara Pandiyan, chief secretary, Mr Sanjay Srivastava, district collector, South Goa, Mr Sandip Jacques and other officials of the state government and MPT.

The Chief Minister, Mr Kamat had directed the deputy collector, Mr Levinson Martins to give a detailed report of the houses which are falling under third and fourth phases of the four-lane highway from Ravindra Bhavan project site to
Headland-Sada.

Speaking to this daily, the project director, NHAI, Mr P S Dodamani said that High Court of Bombay at Goa had passed an order on May 4, asking the state government to clear the structures which are coming in the way of the four-lane highway alignment from Katem-Baina to Headland-Sada junction by June 30.

He informed that there are about 333 structures in the first phase of the four-lane highway. The second phase which is starting from Katem-Baina to Ravindra Bhavan site has a total of 177 structures. The third phase which starts from Ravindra Bhavan site to Desterro church has 78 structures, while the fourth phase which starts from Desterro Church to Headland-Sada junction has also 78 structures.

The first phase from Varunapuri-Mangor-Hill junction upto Gandhinagar is being carried out in full swing without any obstacles. The project manager, NHAI, Mr Dodamani further disclosed that the remaining portion of the four-lane highway project, starting from Varunapuri-Mangor-Hill junction to Headland-Sada and the proposed flyover from Ravindra Bhavan project site to gate 9 of MPT has been estimated to cost ` 120 crore.