|May 10, 2018 at 10:58 am #8213|
PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar Wednesday assured the villagers of Chandor that the PWD has already started the realignment works of the State Highway-8(SH-8) and will resolve all apprehension pertaining to it within three months, even as local MLA Cleofasio Dias wants TCP to de-notify the controversial highway from the regional plan.
Dhavalikar who visited the village following a standoff by the villagers opposing the hotmixing of SH-8 said that the new alignment will be placed before the people within the next three months, and also assured the protection of all the heritage structures in Chandor.
Earlier Dias briefed the Minister that the people are opposing the Rs 3 crore tender for widening and hotmixing of SH8 along with internal roads.
The PWD minister urged the people to allow the sanctioned work be carried on and assured that no structure will be damaged.
He further said that there is a need to maintain good roads as the vehicle population is increasing and it is the primary duty of the government to ensure good roads in the village as well as state including National highways.
The villagers however maintained their stand that they will not allow the asphalting of SH-8 till the term SH-8 is dropped.
The stalemate was finally broken after the PWD minister directed the PWD to fill all the pot holes and carry out hotmixing of the internal roads.
He also asked local MLA and villagers to take up the matter with the TCP and get the road de-notified.
Dhavalikar further said, “We do not want development by destroying churches, temples or mosques,” adding that any apprehensions regarding SH-8 will be resolved by him within the next three months.
“The onus is on the panchayat and the people to pursue the matter with other departments and get the SH-8 de-notified,” he added.
Meanwhile Cuncolim MLA said that he will lead a delegation and call on the Town and Country Planning department on the denotification of SH-8, and resolve the matter.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Dhavalikar assures Chandor villagers on highway realignment“