The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) sent the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) a directive to obtain wildlife clearance before upgrading National Highway 748AA – Sanquelim – Jamboti- Belagavi Road.
On 28 February 2022 Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for the Two laning of Sanquelim – Jamboti- Belagavi Road on NH 48AA Length 69.17 Km Cost 246.78 Crore.
On May 6 the Govt issued a gazette notification acquiring 4.9627 (ha) land in Kankumbi for the same.
Giridhar Kulkarni had complained to the NTCA expressing his concern about the project’s potential effects on the environment.
The NTCA reportedly told the NHAI, that a larger Protected Area Network, including the Kali Tiger Reserve, Dandeli Sanctuary (Castlerock area), Bhimgad Sanctuary, Mollem National Park, Mhadei Sanctuary, Tillari Conservation Reserve, Chandgad Conservation Reserve, Radhanagari Sanctuary, and Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, as well as Reserved Forests, are reportedly traversed by the aforementioned road improvement project.
Two-Laning with/without paved shoulders from km 0.000 to km 69.480 (Design) of Sanquelim to Belagavi Section of NH-748AA in the State of Goa and Karnataka under Bharatmala Pariyojana on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (the “EPC”) basis.
No. of years for completion of work – 2 years
Machhe, Piranwadi, Navage, Kinaye, Kusamalli, Jamboti, Kalmani, Kankumbi – Poriem, Matnee, Sanquelim.