Government issues land acquisition notice for 1,62,769 sq metres of land along highway without disturbing residential, commercial structures
PANJIM: In what could bring huge relief to residents and commercial establishments along National Highway 66 (old NH17), from Guirim to Pundalik Nagar Porvorim, the government has decided to keep all structures untouched in its road widening project.
Instead, the government has decided to take the road above ground, on stilts to save the houses and establishments.
The project of 4/6 lanning of National Highway 66 from Patradevi to Polem has already begun though land in some area is yet to be acquired along the highway for widening. As such the government has issued a land acquisition notice for 1,62,769 sq meters of land along the highway but without disturbing any residential or commercial structures.
Speaking to Herald, PWD Chief Engineer (NH) Vijaykumar Verenkar disclosed that to avoid disturbance to the highly populated area a 3-kilometer flyover will be constructed. “Right from Succoro junction near Counto showroom to DIET press a 25-meter width flyover would come up,” Verenkar said, adding, “Normally the width of NH is 50 to 60 meters but considering the land issues we have decided to do it in 25-meter width.”
He further said that the land acquisition notice has been issued for acquiring additional land but will not disturb any structures. “The stretch was notified highway in 1973 but we did not acquire the land then,” he said.
Asked what would be the additional cost, Verenkar replied, “I do not know off-hand but the flyover is a part of entire project from Karaswada to Bambolim (17.5 km), which is total Rs 852 cr while the stretch from Patradevi to Karaswada (25 kms) is Rs 630 cr.
While the CE did not give details on the cost of flyover sources revealed the additional cost could be anywhere near Rs 300 cr.
The chief engineer further revealed that the work of Patradevi to Karaswada stretch has been awarded to M Venkata Rao while the Karaswada-Bambolim junction has been awarded to Navyuga Constructions, Hyderabad.
Asked about the stretch from Panjim to Bambolim, he revealed, “Even here there is not much of an issue as only the Niyaaz Restaurant and another building (Cafe Coffee Day) near GMC will have to make way,” he said.
The PWD officer said that the government and the department have tried to save maximum number of structures.