02 Jan 2019 06:27am IST
Wesley Edward Pereira
The Bharatmala Pariyojna attempts to notify the existing National Highways in Goa as Economic Corridors with massive road right-of-way that varies between 75 metres to 90 metres. These economic corridors are proposed with a logistics park at Panjim. However, so far no roads in Goa have been included in the list of Inter-corridor and Feeder Roads. Also, no city has been proposed so far for ring roads in Goa.
The fancy 8-lane new Zuari Bridge and the New Mandovi Bridge having connectivity to National Highway NH-17(Patradevi to Polem) and National Highway NH-4A (Molem to Panjim) are components of the massive economic corridors in Goa. The economic corridors are linked to hidden city development plans for promoting rejected Special Economic Zones (SEZs)/National Investment & Manufacturing Zones (NIMZs) and Special Investment regions with massive cargo hubs. Also, these economic corridors in the tiny State of Goa are required to provide transportation connectivity to Mopa Airport for freight movement to implement the unsustainable business development plans for benefiting the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Why is the pre-feasibility report of Bharatmala route 1:Banda to Sankeshwar inter-corridor road on the Banda-Madhkhol-Sankeshwar section (upgrading of existing State Highways SH-190,180,188) which passes through Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Belgaum Districts refers to the Goa airport approx 45 kms by aerial distance (refer page no.19) for connectivity to the project road?
In the Mopa Airport tender document that was floated in September 2010 to appoint Technical Consultant, it was clearly stated in the project Terms of Reference that Mopa Airport is required for the benefit of Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Belgaum (refer page 24 of 115). Why is the above referred National Highways Authority of India pre-feasibility report of Bharatmala inter-corridor route (Banda to Sankeshwar) referring to the Mopa Airport as Goa Airport? Is the existing Goa International Airport at Dabolim going to be closed and fully handed over to the Navy after some years? According to the Goa Development Report of the Planning Commission, Government of India that was published in the year 2011, the airport is being planned at Mopa in North Goa (Pernem taluka) to cater to the domestic and international air traffic to Goa. This would release the airport at Dabolim to the Naval authorities (refer page No 188).
The Mopa Airport Technical Consultant was also the consultant for the JICA funded Goa Water Supply & Sewerage Project and Vasco to Panjim Sea-link Project .This consultant has been appointed to provide Consultancy Services for preparation of DPR for Development of Economic Corridors, Inter Corridors, Feeder Routes to improve the efficiency of freight movement in India under Bharatmala Pariyojana-Lot 3/Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa and Kerala/Package 1.
The Konkan Railway Road Bridge was constructed in the 1990’s near the railway gate in Margao. This bridge provided temporary relief for some years. However, with the Konkan Railway route passing through Goa, there has been massive influx of migrant workers in Goa resulting in traffic congestion.