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SC’s CEC to visit Goa from Jan 20 to study controversial projects

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Panaji: The Central Empowered Committee constituted by Supreme Court would be visiting Goa between January 20-24 in connection with the application filed against three projects in the coastal state, a senior government official said on Thursday.

State-based NGO Goa Foundation had filed an application before CEC against the projects including doubling of railway line, four laning of National Highway and laying of Power Transmission line.

The committee will comprise of Chairman of CEC P V Jayakrishan, its  member Mahendra Vyas, Member Secretary Amarnatha Shetty and Amicus Curie A D N Rao.

As per the schedule of the CEC, copy of which is with PTI, the committee members will arrive in Goa on January 20.

On the next day, January 21, the committee will conduct site visit to proposed four lane National Highway 4-A falling in Goa and Karnataka and the proposed alignment of Goa Tamnar Transmission Line (power) in Kali Tiger Reserve and Forest areas falling in Karnataka.

“This will be followed by discussion with the concerned officials of State government of Karnataka and the project proponents,” the official said.

On January 22, the committee will conduct site inspection of proposed doubling of railway line from Tinaighat (Karnataka) to Kulem (Goa). “The site visit will be by Rail Inspection Car,” he said.

Next day, on January 23, the committee will conduct site inspection of proposed Goa Tanmar Transmission line project and visit Mormugao Port Trust (MPT). “This will be followed by discussion with officials of Goa government and the project proponents,” he said.

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