PANJIM: BJP on Thursday alleged that Union transport and highways minister Kamal Nath and Goa chief minister Digamber Kamat were trying to "loot" the state through the land acquisition process for the proposed national highway project.
"Kamal Nath, Goa chief minister Digamber Kamat and company is not dealing with the national highway expansion issue as per the model code," Goa's Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar said.
"They are trying to convert the national highway expansion project into a Commonwealth Games infrastructure like scam, to loot the state," he claimed.   The National Highway Authority of India's expansion plan is yet to take off in Goa due to opposition to the land acquisition process by the locals.
Parrikar said the State government's plan was to acquire land for a 60 metres width road. "I went through various Public private partnership highway projects taken up by NHAI. Their width is not more than 30 to 35 metres," he claimed.
The BJP leader said that the state government should bring out a white paper on the issue giving all details of the project.
He demanded that the state government in future should come clean on their land acquisition policy.
"Any project in which Central government wants to acquire huge land, should be properly scrutinised taking everyone into confidence," Parrikar said.
The former Goa chief minister said BJP will continue opposing the national highway expansion in its current form, till the government comes out with clean slate. (TNN)


dlp said...

This Parrikkar is a good administrator and I thought he was a nice man in his younger days, but now he is starting to imitate Mickey Mouse. What is in his favour, he will agree or disagree. Valpoi people has shown him the gate, but he still wants to enter by hook or crook.

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