Mum­bai-Goa high­way widen­ing work be­gins

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PAN­VEL: The de­mo­li­tion of the struc­tures along the Palaspa Phata-Kalhe gaon sec­tion of the Mum­bai-Goa high­way be­gan on Thurs­day. The eight-day drive is be­ing op­posed by some lo­cals who are de­mand­ing bet­ter com­pen­sa­tion and are also al­leg­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in val­u­a­tions.

The drive ini­ti­ated by the Raigad col­lec­tor of­fice and NHAI is part of the clear­ance of struc­tures from Palaspe Phata to In­da­pur to in­crease the num­ber of lanes on the high­way.

A to­tal of five com­mer­cial struc­tures in­clud­ing the very pop­u­lar Datta Snacks lo­cated on the Palaspa Phata junc­tion were de­mol­ished on Thurs­day. Raigad deputy col­lec­tor Nidhi Choud­hary and Pan­vel tehsil­dar Deepak Akde were present dur­ing the de­mo­li­tion.

“A to­tal of 75 struc­tures will be de­mol­ished in the next eight days to fa­cil­i­tate the ex­pan­sion of the high­way. Around 65 fam­i­lies com­pris­ing of a to­tal of around 250 peo­ple will be af­fected by it,” said Akde.

Akde added that the high­way will be ex­panded to six lanes on each side and will also have a ser­vice road apart from fa­cil­i­ties like e-toi­lets.

The lo­cals were in­formed of the de­mo­li­tion ac­tion on Novem­ber 30 through an­nounce­ments on a loud­speaker in an au­torick­shaw.

The vil­lagers in Palaspa have sub­mit­ted a mem­o­ran­dum of de­mands to the Pan­vel po­lice sta­tion and the tehsil­dar of­fice on the is­sue.

Paresh Gharat, a res­i­dent, said, “We have not been given any in­ti­ma­tion or of­fi­cial no­tice by any gov­ern­ment depart­ment of the de­mo­li­tion ac­tion. We just heard it on the loud­speaker a couple of days back.”

Gharat said there has been cor­rup­tion in the val­u­a­tion of the houses with dif­fer­ent com­pen­sa­tions be­ing given to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Jay­dev Bhonkar, an­other res­i­dent, added, “We have been given com­pen­sa­tion as per the old gov­ern­ment rates. When the air­port PAP are be­ing given such huge com­pen­sa­tion, why are we be­ing de­nied our due?”

The lo­cals said that they planned to ag­i­tate if re­quired in the com­ing days.

Naib tehsil­dar B. T. Gosavi said, “We have for­warded the ob­jec­tions of the lo­cals to the col­lec­tor of­fice.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Heaps of de­bris plied along the Mum­bai-Goa high­way af­ter struc­tures were de­mol­ished at Pan­vel.

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