by Satish Kumar
Belgaum the gateway to Goa have its rich cultural Portuguese link, the highway between state and city is in depilated state, and many thanks to state government of not being serious enough do anything on this matter.
While in Goa the land demarcation started in early Feb this year and grievances and complaints started pouring in especially when the re-modification of NH4A between Belgaum and Goa via Ramnagar/Anmod was initiated by Goa government, which will in fact reduce the traffic between Belgaum and Goa. It will just take three and half hours as of today’s whopping four to five hours for a mere distance of 154 KMs.
The residents of central Goa where from this road would pass have raised grievances of loss of land and compensation in return or reduction of road width. The hearings between government agencies and residents had further hindered the highway connectivity and no breakthrough has so far.
Khanapur Chorla and Anmod will further reduce the distance between Goa and Belgaum, but the lack of political will is what causing the hindrance, after all it is we the people to suffer. If one can have Mumbai-Pune Express highway, then why not Belgaum Goa express highway too.
The tenders and contracts though awarded and canceled at certain times, which have quadrupled the cost of the project year after year. The public in fact should also realize that in the years to come it will be our tax payers money to drain off and as and when the cost will swell, You and me the common people will have to shell out heavy toll.
The present status:
Belgaum Khanapur four laning is only in tendering stage.
Belgaum to Peeranwadi No Progress
Panjim to Ram Nagar No Progress
Khanapur to Ramnagar Demarcation and survey for two laning in progress