National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will begin work on the widening of the NH4A Belgaum-Goa National Highway where a four-lane road passing through private lands with two-lane roads(45 mtrs wide) in forest areas is proposed.
For the widening work to being over 30,000 fully-grown trees located on either side of the Belgaum-Goa National Highway will have to be cut.
NHAI plans to start road widening work from Macche to Khanapur and nearly 3000 trees will have to be cut completely. Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) Girish Hosur had suggested to clear the trees only on one side of the road, which was turned down by the NHAI.
The survey of said stretch is still in progress and after which an estimate of cost of the trees would be asserted and then tenders would be called for and tender could fetch about Rs.2 crores as revenue.
Initially NHAI has prepared a proposal for diversion of 77.87 hectares of forest land but the DCF recommended only 33.96 hectares. Now it is learnt that the NHAI has prepared a new plan of acquisition 52 hectares of forest land.