Kamat calls on Baalu for National Highway projects

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New Delhi, Jan 9 (UNI) Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat today called on Union Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister T R Baalu and discussed implementation of the prestigious four-laning projects of NH-4A and NH-17 in his state, among others.

Mr Baalu told the Chief Minister, who was accompanied by Members of Parliament and senior state government officials, that the feasibility study was in progress for the four-laning of the 137-km stretch of NH-17 in Goa (from the Maharashtra border to the Karnataka border). On completion in June 2008, the project would be referred to the Public-Private Participation Appraisal Committee (PPAC), for obtaining requisite approval for implementation.

As regards NH-4A, Mr Kamat was informed that a detailed project report had been prepared for the four-laning of NH-4A. "The Ministry is in the process of obtaining its approval for implementation under Phase-III of the National Highways Development Project," the delegation was told.

Mr Baalu also agreed to consider a small modification in NH-17, reducing the length by about 10 km and providing two bridges at Talpona and Galgibaga.

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