Bhoma residents want bypass road diverted through fields


Residents of Bhoma have opposed the proposed rehabilitation plan of the State government and have urged the government to construct NH4A bypass road through fields at Bhoma.
It may be recalled that PWD Minister Sudin Dhavlikar had recently stated that some houses and shops at Bhoma will be rehabilitated to widen the NH4A. “The government is undertaking NH4A road widening from Mollem to Ribandar and the Centre will fund 40 per cent of the expenditure. Some shops and houses will be shifted few metres away from its existing place and the expenditure will be borne by the State government,” Dhavlikar had stated.
Sanjay Naik, a villager, said a couple of years ago they had submitted their objection to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the State government on NH4A expansion plans at Bhoma and requested for a bypass road through agricultural land.
“The State government is now undertaking the project and we hope that government won’t demolish our houses and commercial establishments. There is also a religious monument and temple that needs to be protected,” said Naik.
“We recently met the PWD minister and the PWD officials to discuss the issue after report on rehabilitation appeared in local papers. The government was aware of our earlier demand for a bypass and we have once again communicated our demand,” added Naik.
“We hope the government will consider our demand. It’s not clear how many houses will have to be demolished, but if bypass is built then houses will be saved,” said Naik. [H]