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Until the Mumbai-Goa highway widening project is complete, Bombay HC will not allow the state govt to start any other project

The HC has directed the govt. to complete the project at its earliest

Until the Mumbai-Goa highway widening project is complete, Bombay HC will not allow the state govt to start any other project
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On Monday, September 20, the Bombay High Court said it wouldn't allow the Maharashtra government to start any new development projects until they completed the Mumbai-Goa highway widening project.

High Court has also directed them to review the ongoing construction work by December. They need to complete the project at its earliest.

The state government has been asked to fix the potholes on the highway within three weeks. The decision to fix the potholes was taken to avoid the accidents that take place on highways. 

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Reportedly, a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni in the court said to the state's counsel Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni that unless this project is completed, "we will not let you start any other project." 

HC further said that let the public enjoy the benefits of this project first.

The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Owais Pechkar. He sought directions from the court to repair potholes on the highway, which was prone to accidents. 

A PIL was filed in 2018 as well, which was seeking similar directions. The bench, at that time, told that the minimum thing government could do for its citizens was to establish rides that were free of potholes.

The court has asked the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to take necessary actions to repair the potholes. The court has sought a progress report of highway widening work from the state government by December this year.

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