The crucial stretch of this highway, spanning from Honkal Cross in Khanapur taluk to the Karnataka-Goa border near Anmod in Uttara Kannada district, is mandated to be completed within a stringent three-month deadline.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Project Director of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), has underscored the immediate necessity for the contractor to finalize the pending development work on the Belagavi-Panaji National Highway (via Anmod).
On Thursday, accompanied by a contingent of officers and engineers from his office, Kumar inspected the ongoing road construction on the Anmod-Honakal road. In a subsequent interaction with the press, he disclosed that a company from Maharashtra had secured the contract for this highway project. However, it has surfaced that the contracted agency has sublet the work to another contractor, leading to a lack of progress.
The unfulfilled tasks are being neglected due to a lack of alignment and coordination between the two contractors responsible for executing the project. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has been apprised of this issue, causing inconvenience to commuters on this route. Responding to the minister’s directives, Kumar visited the site on Thursday for an inspection and urged the relevant authorities to take control, ensuring the expeditious completion of the highway construction in the coming days.
MLA Vithal Halagekar, present at the meeting, voiced concerns about the incomplete and extensively damaged Honakal-Anmod road. He stressed the imperative to alleviate the daily hardships faced by residents, especially students in over 40 villages of Gunji village. To address this, he recommended that highway authority officials issue advance notices to motorists in the affected area and temporarily regulate traffic on the highway. This approach would facilitate the necessary repairs within the stipulated timeframe.