Belgaum has never seen this kind of a road widening spree in its history. The last time the road widening was done on such a scale must have been the Congress road widening many years back.
At this moment there are 5 roads being planned to be widened.
RPD college road to Patwardhan layout (under 100 crore special grant)
Mahatma Fule road to Old PB road (under 100 crore special grant)
APMC road (under 100 crore special grant)
Khanapur Road (Sanchayani circle to Suryakant Park) (Cantonment Board)
Govaves to 3rd Gate (PWD)
Old PB road upto bus stand
Work at RPD college road to Patwardhan layout has not begun still and matter is in court.
Mahatma Fule road to Old PB road work has begun. A school building is being demolished which was at the corner of Fule road and Khade Bazar. The school has been shifted to Shastri Nagar. The JCB has been used to dig the mud out on the road till the Managal karlaya. This road will be a link road to the NH4 and will join the Old PB road.
Yesterday APMC road was surveyed and markings made for its widening as well. But some residents opposed the manner in which the survey and markings were done. Residents said that the marking was done in a wrong manner which was suitable to the big fishes.
Khanapur Road (Sanchayani circle to Suryakant Park) – work has not begun still but there are chances it will in the near future. As this comes under the Cantonment, it might just take a while before it starts.
PWD department has done a survey of the Govaves to 3rd gate for widening of the said road. The 2 km stretch will be widened in days to come.
The old PB road (Dharwad Road) is also being widened to 60 feet. The work is in progress on this road as well. But the major demand for a railway over bridge has not been heeded to, only the road will be widened.
The corporation commissioner also visited Pangul Galli yesterday and met the locals with the local representatives for the proposed road widening. The present road is 18 to 30 feet wide which according to map should be 40 feet. Commissioner said that if all the locals gave their consent they can go ahead with the road widening.