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NH expansion: no actions likely until new govt in power

NH expansion: no actions likely until new govt in power

New Delhi: Central officials on Tuesday tried to put Kerala at ease over the controversial NH expansion dilemma.  

However, no decision on this issue would be taken until the new government comes in power. Road Transport Secretary, Sanjeev Ranjan, informed Kamala Vardhana Rao, the principal secretary for public works for Kerala, of considering the state’s demands favourably.

NK Sinha, the chairman of national Highway Authority, also made the same promise the other day. It is unusual for the government and officials to take any special decisions during LS election.  

This could be the reason why no ordinance based on the promise by Minister Nitin Gadkari to Kerala for reconsidering Kerala in the first priority list has yet been issued.

The Centre made promises in view of the widespread protests seething in the state.

Earlier, Kerala expressed displeasure over downgrading the state from the first priority list to the second one. Kamala Vardhana Rao appealed to the Centre to put Kerala back on the first priority list.

NH development projects in districts excluding Kasargod have been placed in the second priority list.  National Highway Authority had approved of NH development plans in January 2018.

Kamala Vardhana Rao said the state could go ahead with works as he was ensured by the Road Transport Secretary.  Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had written to Minister Nitin Gadkari regarding the issue.



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