Why can't we decide on all Highway stretches in one go?
Is it feasible to set up highways at one time only instead of constantly usurping land now and then and relaying roads? Share your opinion of the implementation of cost-cutting idea.
We often go in for four-lane roads on the Highways. Then someone comes up with a suggestion that it should become a six-lane project. The land acquisition becomes a huge problem, as there are many developments very near the service roads. There are new hospitals, there are new schools and colleges and even new lodges that come up, with proper approvals.
When the Government comes up with the land acquisition process, there are legal hurdles at every stage. All this could have been avoided if the Highway project was made a six-lane project right in the beginning.
As an alternative, there should be a law to not allow any building some four hundred meters from the main Highway road, in the light of any future development. When the temples are also sought to be demolished, there is a huge problem. Religious and spiritual values are under threat. People are always sensitive about such matters. We urgently need Pan-India legislation to not allow any new development, four hundred meters on either side, forever.
For example, the Chennai to Bangalore Highway is sought to be made into a six-lane Highway, after so many years. For merely saving sixty minutes of travel time, why should all land be taken over at huge cost? Why did the Government allow the developments, in any case?