Thursday, May 27, 2010

Do not reduce width of highways: GTECH

Thiruvananthapuram: The Group of Technology Companies (GTECH), a strategic grouping of software companies in the State, has proposed that Kerala use Central funds to compensate and rehabilitate the families that would be displaced for widening the National Highways to 45 metres.

A pressnote issued by GTECH here on Thursday said that reducing the width of the NHs would not be in the long-term interest of the State or its citizens. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has approved the expansion of about 700 kms of highways, at an estimated investment of Rs.10,000 crore, over a 30-month period. However, politicians in Kerala, cutting across party lines, insist that the width of the highway should not exceed 30 m (as against the NHAI standard of 60 m), citing the impact of land acquisition on the affected people. This has put the entire project at risk and the State could lose the approved funding and a project vital to its needs.

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