Protest planned against highway expansion at IFFI venue

The sit-in would be staged by members of the National Highway Diversion Action Committee.

Panaji: In a bid to seek national and
international attention, a protest would be held at the
ongoing International Film Festival of India on Monday against
the expansion of the national highway in the state.

The sit-in would be staged by members of the National
Highway Diversion Action Committee, its convenor Sunil Desai
told reporters here today.

The protest would be held in front of the Entertainment
Society of Goa office, he said.

"This will be peaceful sit-in. We want national and
international media and delegates attending the festival to
know about the issue," Desai said.

NHDAC has demanded that the state government should
change the current alignment of the national highway
expansion, which is passing through urban areas.

The action committee, which has held a public meeting and
road blockages in the past, has threatened to intensify the

Desai said the sit-in will highlight the intense damage
the national highways current alignment would do to the state.
He said state government will be notifying Section 3 (D)
of National Highways Act to acquire land required for the

"Chief Minister Digamber Kamat had assured that he would
not acquire even an inch of land for the highway expansion.

But the information received under Right to Information
specifies that the state will have to acquire 51.60 lakh
square metres of land for the purpose," Dinesh Waghela, a
senior activist said.


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