Work on Khanapur-Anmod stretch of Belagavi-Panaji NH resumes

Work in progress on the Khanapur-Anmod stretch of the Belagavi-Panaji Nationwide Freeway.

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After a protracted and agonising wait, commuters from North Karnataka and Goa area have excellent news as work on the Khanapur-Anmod part of the Belagavi-Panaji NH-748 (Outdated NH4A) has lastly commenced.

The contractor VM Matere Infrastructure (India) Pvt. Ltd started work on November 21, giving reduction to hundreds of commuters in each the states.
Whereas a part of the work was finished by Dilip Buildcon Ltd, the 52.300 km two-lane on the nationwide freeway with/with out paved shoulder, inflexible pavement shall be now accomplished by the brand new contractor at the price of 139.99 crore.
“The work was awarded in March this 12 months. Nonetheless, on account of some technical points it was delayed. Now all the pieces has been cleared and the contractor has been given a deadline of 18 months to finish the work,” Kiran G of the NHAI instructed The Goan.
It might be recalled that there had been a delay by earlier contractors implementing the two-laning of the NH4A on account of a Excessive Court docket keep obtained by environmentalists from Bengaluru in 2019.
Nonetheless, stating that there was no want for the Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to take prior surroundings clearance to widen the Belagavi-Goa freeway NH4A, the Karnataka Excessive Court docket had vacated the keep in March 21.
Citing heavy losses because of the courtroom keep and Covid lockdown Dilip Buildcon had withdrawn from the work taken up. This had added to the woes of commuters who had been going through plenty of difficulties touring on this stretch. Breakdown of autos and frequent accidents had been witnessed.
Nonetheless, because the work has resumed villagers and commuters have expressed satisfaction hoping that the continued work would proceed until it’s full.
“We’re additionally vigilant and personally monitoring the standard of the work. The NHAI authorities have additionally been cooperating in case of any discrepancies discovered. After a protracted wait of about 4 years, we’re hopeful that the work could be full and travelling between Goa and Belagavi could be extra snug and sooner,” Dinkar Margale, an activist from Khanapur, mentioned.

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