Ring road project cost in 2006- Rs.36 crore with 38 kms length
Ring road project cost in 2010- Rs.1000 crore with 46 kms length – BOOT with tool
In India we all love to do things at the last moment, it might be studies or building infrastructure for CWG games. All is not complete even on the day of opening.
And now there is news that this project will require a whopping Rs. 1000 crores.
Sakal in its paper today has said about this and sources told this blog that the same plan was mentioned in the Belgaum vision 2040 plan prepared by a MLA.
In January 2009, when the assemble session took place here, a sum Rs.150 and additional Rs.5 crore were re allocated for the 38 kms Belgaum ring road by the state government.
The new proposed Ring road will be of 46 kms without the Peeranwadi -Halga route as the NHAI is planning for the Macche-Halga Bypass.
In 2006 the award for the construction of the ring road was awarded to a Jaipur Based company for Rs.36 crore, but even before the company would commence work, their contract was canceled and project was given over to state road Development Corporation and hence the Jaipur based company went to the Court and the court decided in the Jaipur based company’s favor and hence the govt. appealed the same in the high court where the mater is still being heard.
Even tough new plans have been made, until and unless this case is resolved the work on the ring will not commence, sources told.
The project estimate has increased many folds from 2006. The number of vehicles has also doubled since 2006. Increased traffic on NH 4 A, of heavy trucks commuting caused accidents almost daily and many have lost their lives.
If the ring road existed, the movement of traffic would have been much smoother as the heavy trucks going from Kolhapur to Goa would take the ring road.
A ring road is dream for Belgaumites, dont know when this will be a reality.