The Khanapur Road, from Maratha Mandir to Third gate was planned to be widened and also a survey was done by the PWD in July 2011. The local residents opposed this widening and said that if Dharwad road is made 66 feet this road should also be made into a 66 feet which is the double of the present 30 feet road.
But even after this reply from the NHAI the PWD & Forest department have called for Tenders for cutting down trees on Khanapur Road.
The tender is said to be opened at 3 pm on September 28, 2011.
There are 156 trees on the entire stretch many of which are above 50 years old.
The District forest officer clarified that the said trees come under the purview of the PWD and not the forest department and as the PWD had given an application stating that road needs to be widened the tender was called for.
Now who is interested in widening the road is the question to all?
When the NHAI under whom the road is maintained say that they will not do any widening then why is the PWD coming into picture to cut the trees saying that the road needs to be widened.
Are we smelling some scam here as well?
Many trees have already been chopped on the Angol road and other areas where roads have been widened, but have the replacement if trees being done.
Have new trees have being planted ? (in reality on paper many thousands are planted each year)
Whats the logic behind this tendering and cutting down trees when NHAI is not going widen the road?
Photo Credits: Prasad Parmaj