The shortest route from Belgaum to Goa via the Chorla ghat is just about 120km. (NH4A upto Panjim is 154 kms). Beyond Goa border it’s more of a fun filled bouncy drive. But the part in Karnataka is still awaiting completion.
The deadline for the completion was May 2010 and now latest deadline is May 2012.
There have been agitations by residents of Jamboti, Kankumbi and other villages in the region, which had forced authorities in Karnataka to restart the work. But their agitations have met with little success as the work is still going at snail’s pace.
Sanchit Kittur a regular traveler on the route said,Mapusa is 112 kms and only one patch of 6.7kms is bad and rest of the road is good. So take it that about 8-10 kms of road is bad.”
As on date, a stretch of about 27 of the 51-km road has been completed, while another 18 kms between Jamboti and Kankumbi is expected to be completed by May. Even then, the Kankumbi-Chorla stretch will be left incomplete, leaving commuters to face further hardship.
Of the 51-km road, about 30.8 kms from Malaprabha Bridge near Kusmalli to Chorla comes under the reserved forests. As such, the width of 3.75 mtrs will be maintained along this stretch.
North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) authorities have arrived at a decision to restart services between Belgaum and Panjim via Chorla.
It may be recalled that both KTC and NWKRTC had stopped bus services via Chorla from June 2011 due to the creaky road.