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    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?
  • #655349
    I think it is very difficult to plan six lane road directly from a single road. The development will go in a phased manner only.

    But as mentioned by the author a law can be made not allowing any constructions along the roadside leaving sufficient place for future expansions. This will avoid many problems in expansion when needed.
    In our country this planning is very poor. The sequence of operations under the various government departments. The road will be laid first and then the water pipeline will be laid. For this the people will spoil the new roads. Similarly the sewage department will come and spoil the roads. Finally the electricity board works. Finally by the time all these works are finished we will not even have any clue to know when the roads were laid. At least if these works are planned in a sequence we will have a proper roads.

    always confident

  • #655378
    I endorse the wishful thinking of the author fully. We should undertake futuristic projects. It should meet the demand of population after 10-15 years. There is no point in undertaking projects of myopic nature.

    I have seen some flyovers in small towns which are so small that the purpose of making flyover is not realised. In fact it has created more traffic bottlenecks than before.

    Every year we are repairing the tar roads which are being washed away in the first rain itself. We can not go for concrete roads. This is really funny.

    The Govt department always give excuse of non availability of budgets and are fearful of audit observations. They are more bothered about the official bottlenecks where they have to give justification of their actions. They believe in the philosophy that do not take any ambitious project so that there will be no audit objection and enquiry in the matter as usually happens after complaints by the parties who did not get contract to do the same work.

    So if it is our mind set for the big projects how are we going to achieve that alluding development.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #655381
    In our country, it is difficult to stop people from anything unless the strict law is enforced. I agree with the author that it's not easy to acquire land when the government decides to make some modifications of roads, especially of highways. The government should make a good plan at one go itself considering the future situations.

    " It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not" ... Andre Gide

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